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Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels order troop mobilisation amid invasion fears

Denis Pushilin, the head of the pro-Russian separatist government in the Donetsk region, released a statement Saturday announcing a full troop mobilisation

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A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine ordered a full military mobilisation amid growing invasion fears.
Denis Pushilin, the head of the pro-Russian separatist government in the Donetsk region, released a statement Saturday announcing a full troop mobilisation and urging reservists to show up at military enlistment offices.
The move comes amid a spike in violence along the line of contact between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels in the region in recent days that fueled Western fears that Moscow could use it as a pretext for an invasion.
On Friday, separatist authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk announced a mass evacuation of women, children and the elderly to neighbouring Russia. Shortly after the evacuation effort started, several explosions hit the rebel-controlled areas.
The separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine erupted in 2014 and has killed over 14,000 people.

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First Published: Feb 19 2022 | 1:02 PM IST

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