The situation between Ukraine and Russia has once again been elevated. The Ukrainian government has called up its reservists. This is in response to the presence of the Russian military in Crimea. According to a March 2 report by Voice of America, a top Ukraine security official said this mobilization was to “ensure the security and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
There are currently an unknown number of Russian troops in Ukraine. They have arrived in navy ships, military aircraft, tanks and on foot. It is believed that the Russian planes brought in helicopters as well. Many of the Russian troops are wearing Special Forces uniforms.
Both Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have been speaking with leaders of both Ukraine and Russia. Obama spoke with Putin, explaining that his actions is a “clear violation” of the Ukrainian “sovereignty and international law.” Kerry spoke with the interim Ukrainian president, Oleksandr Turchynov. He praised the Ukrainian government for showing “the utmost restraint.”
Earlier this week, Obama warned Russia there would “costs for military intervention” in Ukraine. At that point, he was not calling their actions an invasion and occupation. Despite what Obama is calling an “intervention,” the Ukrainian government believes that they have been both invaded and occupied.
At the time of publication, it was unknown how many Ukrainian reservists have been called up. It is also unknown what role, if any, they will play in the current events.