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In violation of international humanitarian law, 30 conscripts from Sevastopol were sent to serve in the Russian Federation

On 25 May for the first time since the beginning of the occupation of Crimea, meaningful sending of 30 conscripts for military service outside the peninsula to Russia took place in Sevastopol.

About 400 residents of Sevastopol will be drafted into the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for the period of the spring draft campaign in 2017. This figure was announced by the “military commissar” of Sevastopol, Alexei Astakhov, at a rally dedicated to sending the first Sevastopol conscripts to serve in the Russian Federation.

Earlier it was reported that during the spring of 2017 draft campaign it is planned to send about two dozen residents of the peninsula in the occupied Crimea for military service in Russia.

In January 2017, the “government” of Crimea said that as a result of military draft of 2015-2016, more than 4 thousand Crimean residents were sent to serve in the Russian army.

The Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) explained earlier that the draft of the Crimeans to the Russian army grossly violates the norms of international humanitarian law.

Conducting the draft of residents of the occupied territories to the ranks of the army of the occupying power, as well as the propaganda of the service in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, violate Article 51 of the Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (Fourth Geneva Convention), and the movement of drafted citizens of Ukraine from the occupied territory to the territory of the Russian Federation violates Article 49 of this Convention.

CHRG appeals to the residents of Crimea with a request to send to the e-mail of CHRG [email protected] materials confirming the military draft in Crimea (draft notices, photo and video materials). These materials, with confidentiality, will help in the work to end the draft on the territory of the peninsula.



Crimean citizens are recruited into the Russian army in violation of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of WarOn 30 July, 2017 another action was held in Sevastopol calling to serve under the contract in the Russian army. The citizens of Sevastopol again were recruited for military service. At the so-called “point of selection for military service on a contract basis” they distributed booklets with agitation to serve in separate coastal defence brigade 126 and in landing ships brigade 197 of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. Agitation was held in Sevastopol during the celebration of the day of the Navy on Nakhimov Square. According to the Crimea.Realii website, an exhibition of land military equipment was held on the same square; The exhibition included: a mobile coastal anti-ship missile system “Bastion” with a unified homing missile “Yakhont”, a mobile command and staff radio station, a floating wheeled armoured personnel carrier, an anti-aircraft missile system S-300 “Favorit” for the destruction of modern and prospective aircraft, a 122 mm missile-antiaircraft complex Grad, a multiple launch rocket system “Uragan”, an anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir”, an air defence missile system “Osa”, a charging car, a self-propelled artillery “Gvozdika”. According to Russian media, the occupation authorities held a naval parade in the city, where military a demonstration fire was organized. The event began with the entrance of the three-masted sailing frigate “Khersones” to the Sevastopol Bay, at which students of the Ukrainian University (Kerch State Maritime Technological University) earlier had a maritime practice. According to local and Russian media, the training ship “Perekop”, missile cruiser “Moscow” and the diesel-electric submarine “Stary Oskol”, as well as the naval aviation Ka-27 helicopters and Su-30SM fighters, also took part in the military parade. Such actions of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine, which was occupied by it, grossly violate international humanitarian law and are prohibited by international conventions. The Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) earlier recorded the holding of similar agitation events for military service in the Russian army in the occupied peninsula. We remind you that Article 51 of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War explicitly prohibits the invocation of an occupying power in the occupied territory. The head of the CHRG, Olga Skrypnik, noted that among other things the Convention prohibits propaganda of the military conscription in the occupied territories, including all the advertising posters, various “patriotic” events in schools and universities where people are called to go to the Russian army. Both contractual and regular service are under the ban. Photos of the mobile point of military drafting and promotional booklets were made on 30 July in Sevastopol.

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