Contents tagged with conscription in the Crimea

  • Human rights advocates: 10,000 Crimeans were illegally conscripted into Russian Army

    About 10,000 Crimeans were called for military service in the Russian army over the past three years, as evidenced by the data published in a report by a Crimean human rights group.

    “The number of Crimeans called up for service in the Russian army significantly increased in 2017.  In 2016, about 3,100 people and a little less than 5,000 recruits from the Crimea were sent to the Russian military in 2017. The total number of recruits called up by the Armed Forces of Russia is about 10,000 …

  • Human rights advocate: About 5,000 Crimean residents were illegally conscripted into the Russian army

    As of the end of 2017, about 5,000 residents of the annexed Crimea were called for service in the Russian army, as there has been a tendency to increase the number of recruits, stated a member of the Crimean Human Rights Group, Irina Sedova, on Krym.Realii radio.

    According to her, the Crimean authorities began to bring criminal cases for evasion from service in the Russian army.

    "We are developing recommendations on how to react in such situations. The main loophole is not to be listed on a …

  • Human rights activist: The drafting of Crimeans into the Russian army is classified as a war crime

    In September, the UN reminded Russia through its report that, according to Article 51 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, an occupying state is prohibited from coercing protected persons to serve in its armed or auxiliary forces. Pressure and propaganda in favor of voluntary entry into the army are also prohibited, writes Ukrainian human rights activist Mykola Mirnyj in his article for ZN.UA. The author notes that transferring citizens of Ukraine to serve in the regions of Russia also violates …

  • Crimea is not meeting Russia’s conscription quotas for contract servicemen

    The Military Registration and Enlistment office of the annexed Crimea, under the authority of the Kremlin, was ordered to recruit 1,400 contractors to serve in the Armed Forces of Russia, as reported on the Crimean website, Kryminform, citing the head of the Department of Training and Conscription, Vadim Meshalkin.

    "We received an order for 1,400 contracted soldiers. So far, about 650 people have expressed their desire to serve...Documents submitted for the remainder are under consideration,” …

  • More than 500 conscripts from Crimea will serve in the territory of Russia

    About 500 conscripts from the annexed Crimea will be sent for military service in the Russian Federation, as stated by the military commissioner of the Crimea controlled by the Kremlin, Oleg Yermilov, as reported by Krym.Realii.

    "We will send [for military service] about 500 people who will serve in different types of armed forces," he said.

    Yermilov added that the recruits will be sent mainly to the Moscow and Rostov regions of Russia.The transfer of conscripts will take place after November …

  • Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs demands that Russia stop military conscription in the Crimea

    In a statement released on October 3 on the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine demands that Russia cancel conscription for military service in annexed Crimea.

    "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its strong protest over the intention of the Russian Federation to draft citizens for military service in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and in the city of Sevastopol," Ukrainian diplomats …