KYIV (QHA) -

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses protest to the Russian Federation over conscription in the occupied Crimea, according to the Foreign Ministry press service.

The Office notes that the UN General Assembly Resolution of December 19, 2016 "The Situation with Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol (Ukraine)" established the fact of the occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and urged the latter to fulfill its obligations under international humanitarian law, International mechanisms for the protection of human rights, other legal instruments to which it is a party.

In this context, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed the demand to abolish the conscription of citizens residing in the temporarily occupied territories of the Crimea and Sevastopol, and to ensure strict observance of international obligations by the Russian side.

Earlier QHA reported that from April 1, spring campaign began on recruiting the Crimean residents in the ranks of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. Military commissariats will call up 2,4 thousand people for duty in the Russian army. A distinctive feature of the spring draft is that Crimeans will now serve not only in the territory of the occupied Crimea, but also in other units of the RF Armed Forces.

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