In annexed Crimea, more than 2,000 citizens will be drafted into the Russian army for military service, as announced on October 2 by the press service of the Southern Military District of the Russian Defense Ministry.
The military department says that the recruits "will fulfill their military duty on ships and units of coastal troops of the Black Sea Fleet."
"According to the schedule, the first dispatch of recruits into the army is planned for the middle of October," the Ministry’s press service said.
Crimean human rights groups appeal to the residents of the Crimea, asking them to report conscription for compulsory service in the Russian army on the territory of the annexed peninsula.
This is the fourth consecutive year after the annexation of the Crimea that Russian authorities have recruited Crimeans into the ranks of their army. Many mass events on the peninsula are accompanied by massive propaganda of service in the Armed Forces of Russia. The Crimeans on the streets are called to serve in the Russian army in defiance of international law and the decision of the UN General Assembly, which prohibits it.