Ukraine's Klitschko Calls for 'General Mobilization'

Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko talks to local and foreign media as his security stands by at central Kiev Independence square on February 24, 2014. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP - Getty Images

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KIEV — Vitaly Klitschko, a senior Ukrainian politician and likely presidential candidate, called on Saturday for a "general mobilization" following Russian parliament's decision to approve deploying troops in Ukraine's Crimea region.

"Klitschko calls for a declaration on a general mobilization," the retired boxing champion's political party UDAR (Punch) said, making clear he favored a military mobilization.

— Reuters