Ukraine's army recruitment centres inundated with willing soldiers

Ukraine's army recruitment centres inundated with willing soldiers
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With the situation in Ukraine at flash point following recent developments in Crimea, military recruitment centres in Kyiv are seeing a lot of footfall.

Though only a part of the reservists have been summoned, many others have felt the call of duty.

One man interviewed by our correspondent outside the office said, “I came because I feel a responsibility towards my land, for my country…I am reservist officer. I left the army two years ago. But I came here on my own initiative even without officially being called up.”

Another echoed his sentiments.

“It is our country. I took an oath of allegiance,” he said, continuing “if there are serious events, the duty of every man is to come and in case of trouble it is everyone’s duty to respond.”

Some centres have received so many recruits that they have been forced to close to any new offers.

But the army want to be ready.

“The armed forces of Ukraine are on the highest alert,” declared Colonel Volodimyr Kyndal, a Kyiv military commissioner. “We call all officers to serve the people to strengthen army bases and now we are working to renew their skills and knowledge in case of mobilisation,” he explained.

A self-defence group are also signing up willing recruits at the site of the Maidan protests.

With six times fewer soldiers than the Russian army, Ukraine is seen as no match for Moscow’s military might.

Ukraine crisis – how it unfolded

24:Thousands protest in Kyiv over government move to shelve EU association agreement.

17: Ukraine secures a 11bn euro bailout from Russia.

19: Up to 200,000 gather in Kyiv to show opposition to newly-enacted anti-protest laws. Clashes between police and protesters.
20:Clashes continue into second day.
22:Kyiv Post reports five killed and 300 injured as clashes intensify.
23: Truce announced which paves the way for arrested protestors to be released.
28:Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigns. Nine of 11 anti-protests laws repealed after vote in parliament. Stand-off continues between police and protesters in Kyiv.

18: 20,000 protestors march to parliament with MPs set to debate a possible new constitution. At least 17 people, including seven policeman, are killed as fresh clashes erupt.
19: Truce agreed.
20: Truce breaks down, fresh clashes see 48-hour death toll rise to at least 77.
21:Peace deal signed, with talk of early elections. Violence spreads to western Ukraine.
22:Protesters freely take control of presidential buildings amid reports Yanukovych has fled. Parliament votes to remove him with fresh elections set for May. Yanukovych appears on TV and denounces a “coup dêtat”. Opposition leader Tymoshenko released from jail.
23:Tymoshenko ally becomes acting president,saying European integration is a priority
25: Parliament votes for ousted Yanukovych to be tried at International Criminal Court.
26:Interim government moves to disband Ukraine’s riot police force as leaks lift the lid on the high-living of ousted president Yanukovych
27: Reports emerge suggesting Yanukovych is now in Russia as parliament appoints new pro-EU government. It comes amid fears of separatism after pro-Russian gunmen takeover government building in Crimea.
28: Yanukovych, speaking at a press conference, vows to fight for Ukraine, calls new government illegitimate and denies ordering police to fire on protesters. It comes as gunmen seize airports in Crimea.

1:Putin and Russian parliament back use of armed forces in Crimea – prompting US, UK, and Germany to condemn.
2:Ukraine calls up all its reservists and says country is on brink of disaster. NATO warns Russia over its military activities as Ukrainian navy commander defects to Crimea.
3:UK calls crisis the biggest of this century as Russia reportedly tells Ukrainain forces in Crimea to surrender. Rouble tumbles amid crisis, as foreign minister Sergei Lavrov defends Russia’s actions..

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