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Ukraine parliament backs partial mobilization

Self defense volunteers line up outside the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, March 17, 2014. (AP Photo/David Azia)

KIEV: Ukraine's parliament, seeking to boost the country's military force in the face of Russia's takeover of the Crimea peninsula, endorsed on Monday a presidential decree to carry out a partial mobilization involving 40,000 reservists.

Andriy Parubiy, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, told parliament that 20,000 reservists would be deployed within the armed forces and the rest would be used within the newly-created National Guard.

 

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