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Sergey Abramov of Calgary clutched his phone screen, his eyes fixed on a video from Russia.

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A child is heard crying for his father, who is reportedly being sent to fight in Ukraine.

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

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of troops and repeated threats to use nuclear weapons if Russian territory was threatened. Russia’s defense minister said 300,000 reservists would be called up to fight in Ukraine.

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“I’m worried about all the boys who are my age – all my classmates and schoolmates – possibly being sent on a truck to Ukraine,” said Abramov, who himself received some training. When he lived in Russia.

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“They say it’s a ‘partial mobilization’ but that’s a tricky word. It is not biased,” Artemeva added.

“It can come to someone’s house and we know how it is done in Russia. The judicial system does not work, so it cannot protect the people. “

Artemyeva is helping Ukrainians for the first time since the war began.

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

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

Lisa Kanisheva 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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“Mobility means the war will continue and not only Ukrainians but also Russians will suffer a lot,” Nikolai Kanishcheva said in Russian, translated by his daughter.

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Lisa is selling t-shirts and stickers, and holding fundraising dinners.

He has raised enough money to send three drones and 14 explosion-proof lights to firefighters and his former classmates now fighting on the frontline. She insists that Putin’s threats will not demoralize Ukrainian fighters.

“The structure of (Russia’s military) is going to collapse at some point, but we are fighting for the truth,” Lisa said.

While recent threats and the rise of Russian forces undoubtedly create uncertainty, there is still hope among people like Lisa’s parents.

Lisa’s mother said with tears in her eyes that she hoped to see her mother and son again.

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