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Albertans worry about loved ones after Putin signs mobilization decreeTAZAA News

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Calgary’s Sergey Abramov clutched his phone screen as his eyes fell on a video from Russia.

A child is heard crying for his baby who has been sent to fight in Ukraine.

Abramov and his wife, Tatiana Artemyeva, have called Calgary home for 13 years. But their thoughts are with family and friends in Russia and all those in Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of forces and reiterated his threats to use nuclear weapons in the event of a threat to Russian territory. Russia’s defense minister says 300,000 reservists will be called up to fight in Ukraine.

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“I’m worried about all the boys my age – all my classmates and school-mates – who might be sent on a truck to Ukraine,” said Abramov, who trained himself. Lived in Russia.

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“They say it’s ‘partial assimilation,’ but that’s a tricky word. It’s not partial,” Artemieva added.

“It can come to anyone’s home and we know how it happens in Russia. The justice system doesn’t work, so it doesn’t protect people.

Artemyeva has been helping Ukrainians since the war first broke out.

“It’s terrible. We are very worried about many of our friends,” she said. “Nobody we know wants to go and join this war. People are very scared. “

Putin’s announcement followed a list of setbacks for the Kremlin in its offensive against Ukraine, including a successful Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kharkiv, just an hour from the Russian border.

Liza Kanishcheva grew up in Kharkiv and now calls Canmore home. Her parents fled Ukraine in March and now live with their daughter.

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“Assimilation means the war will continue and not only Ukrainians but also Russians will lose many lives,” Nikolai Kanishcheva said in Russian, translated by his daughter.

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Liza sells T-shirts and stickers and hosts fundraising dinners.

She raised enough money to send three drones and 14 explosion-proof lights to firefighters and her former classmates who are now fighting on the front lines. She stressed that Putin’s threats will not diminish the strength of Ukrainian fighters.

“The structure (of the Russian army) is going to break at some point, but we are fighting for the truth,” Liza said.

While recent threats and Russian military buildups undoubtedly feed uncertainty, there is still hope among people like Liza’s parents.

With tears welling up in her eyes, Liza’s mother said she hopes to see her mother and son again.

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