Ukraine Announces Mass Conscription for ‘Continental War’ With Russia

Russia, EU Continue to Try to Resume Ceasefire

Russian officials, with support from the European Union, are continuing to try to get the ceasefire in Ukraine back in place, after it collapsed over the weekend with a full-scale Ukrainian military offensive in the east.

Ukraine’s government doesn’t seem interested with this, however, and is rather unveiling plans to dramatically increase military conscription with an eye toward a bigger war.

The ceasefire began faltering last week when the eastern rebels pressed into the Donetsk Airport, and the Ukrainian military blamed Russia, then followed up with an offensive against Donetsk and other rebel cities.

The Ukrainian parliament is now talking up a “full-scale continental war” against Russia as the reason for their increased conscription, and is back to lobbying the West for military aid for a massive war they assume will begin at any moment.

President Poroshenko sought to conscript up to 50,000 people, give them 10-15 days of combat training, and send them toward the front.

Author: Jason Ditz

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