Ukraine mobilised its military on Sunday as it braced for a potentially broader Russian invasion even as the Crimean peninsula appeared to slip from the country’s grasp.
With Ukraine’s defence minister claiming 60,000 Russian soldiers were amassing on the country’s borders – officially for “exercises” – Ukraine announced it would call up volunteers and began moving men and equipment to reinforce its eastern border.
By midday on Sunday, photographs and videos appeared on internet sites and social media showing dozens of Soviet-designed Ukrainian tanks and other military vehicles heading east by rail and road.
A military spokesperson based in the east said supplies, ammunition and everything from tanks to anti-aircraft technology were flowing in.
“Morale is very high,” the spokesperson said. “It they attack, we will hit back hard.”