The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine condemns military conscription in the Crimea

МИД Украины осуждает военный призыв в Крыму

Foreign Ministry outraged by what is happening in the Crimea

Autumn conscription in the Crimea was launched on 1 October.

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed its protest of Russia’s intention to conduct an appeal on military service on the territory of annexed Crimea. This is stated in the foreign Ministry statement, published on the official website.

The Ministry noted that the UN General Assembly confirmed the illegal occupation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation. And under international humanitarian law, the occupier state is prohibited to force persons under protection to serve in its armed or auxiliary forces, also prohibited to exert pressure and conduct propaganda in favor of voluntary enlistment.

The Ministry noted that the thematic report of the office of the UN high Commissioner for human rights from 25 September 2017 recorded facts of the persecution of the occupying Russian authorities the residents of Crimea for refusing to serve in the Russian army.

“We have to say yet another flagrant violation by the Russian Federation of its international obligations”, – said the Minister.

In this regard, the Ministry requires to cancel the call on the Peninsula.

“Ukraine’s foreign Ministry demands from the Russian Federation to cancel the call for military service in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol (Ukraine), to ensure strict compliance with its international obligations as a state-occupier”, the statement says.

We will remind, on October 1, the occupation authorities start of the autumn conscription campaign in Sevastopol, the results of which 400 of Sevastopol will be directed to military service in the Russian army.

As reported Корреспондент.netthe UN said that the conscription of inhabitants of Crimea for military service in the Russian army violates the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war.