The Russian-led breakaway areas of jap Ukraine mobilized in a position-bodied adult men from what they reported was an imminent assault by Kyiv, as shelling across the entrance line intensified, killing two Ukrainian soldiers.

Kyiv dismissed the call-up and moves to evacuate civilian citizens of Russian-held Donetsk and Luhansk spots to Russia as a provocation. The escalation adopted Western warnings that Moscow is about to launch an all-out invasion of Ukraine.