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The occupation authorities in Crimea intend to bring the Crimeans not willing to serve in the Russian army to criminal responsibility.

“Those evading military service are conscripts who received summons and signed them, and then did not appear on the medical board and in fact disappeared from the view of the authorities. We look for them and find. Now, after five conscription campaigns, there are eight such people in Crimea," said Vadim Meshalkin, head of the department for preparation and conscription of citizens for military service of the so-called Military Commissariat of the Crimea.

He went on saying that in four such cases criminal cases were initiated.

Earlier QHA reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine had expressed strong protest against the intention of the Russian Federation to call citizens for military service in the occupied Crimea. The department also demands that Russia strictly observe its international obligations as an occupying state, and fully implement the UN resolution.

Reportedly, the occupants intend to call more than 2,000 residents of the occupied Crimea to the military service in the Russian army this fall.

Reference: The Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilians prohibits the conscription of citizens of the occupied territories to the invader army. The Crimean resolution of the UN General Assembly, adopted in December 2016, clearly establishes the thesis that the Crimea is the territory of Ukraine occupied by Russia. That is, Russia has neither right to conscript Crimeans, nor to transfer them from the territory of the Crimea to the territory of the Russian Federation.

Earlier, the head of the Crimean Human Rights Group Olga Skrypnyk emphasized the need to use the proper notions: Unwillingness of Crimeans to serve in the Russian army can not be treated as evasion, since this service is illegal.

Source: Crimean Telegraph

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