Calgary’s Sergey Abramov clutched the screen of his phone, his eyes fixed on a video from Russia.
A child is heard crying for his papa, who is reportedly being sent to fight in Ukraine.
Abramov and his wife Tatiana Artemyeva have called Calgary home for 13 years. But their thoughts have been with family and friends back home in Russia and also all those in Ukraine.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a partial mobilization of troops and reiterated his threats of using nuclear weapons in the event Russian territory is threatened. Russia’s defense minister said 300,000 reservists would be called up to fight in Ukraine.
“I’m worried about all the guys who are the same age as I am — all my classmates and school-mates — could potentially be sent in the truck to be sent to Ukraine,” said Abramov, who received some training himself when he lived in Russia.