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01/08/1914 The German Empire declares war on the Russian Empire

Russia was the first to order a partial mobilization of its armies and when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, Russia declared general mobilization. Germany presented an ultimatum to Russia to demobilize, and when this was refused, declared war on Russia.

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