“On the territory of the occupied Crimea, covert mobilization is being carried out. The main mechanism for attracting Crimeans to the war is military recruiting at the occupation universities, where, throughout the years of study, active military propaganda is conducted for young people in order to further involve them in signing contracts with the Russian army. In addition, as part of the regular conscription campaign, even students who have a deferment from conscription are being attracted to military service in the Russian Federation,” Tasheva said.
According to her, the representative office has information that in the educational institutions of the occupied Sevastopol and Dzhankoy, students of the last year of vocational schools were given summonses, allegedly to clarify their credentials. And upon arrival at the occupation military registration and enlistment offices, they were sent to medical commissions, as a result of which all graduates were called up to serve in the Russian army.
In addition, Tasheva said, the occupiers oblige Crimeans of draft age to undergo repeated medical examinations in order to review their personal files for suitability for military service. “The representative office predicts that most of these commissions will end with the delivery of subpoenas to the ranks of the Russian army and sending them to the war against Ukraine,” she said.
The presidential representative also stressed that in order to replenish reserves due to colossal losses and covert mobilization, the Russian Federation hides real losses, conducts secret burials in the territory of the occupied Crimea, and prohibits the dissemination of truthful information. “From open sources and information at the disposal of the Representation, it is already known about 125 burials of Russian soldiers on the territory of the occupied Crimea, 62 of them probably had Ukrainian citizenship,” Tasheva said.
She pointed out that “mobilization commissions” are being created on the occupied peninsula, whose task is to prepare military reserves that the Russian Federation plans to use in the war against Ukraine. In their composition, in addition to representatives of the Kremlin, there are also citizens of Ukraine, who in 2014 began to cooperate with the occupiers.
“We know detailed information about each member of the newly created“ mobilization commission ”… All of them will be submitted to the sanctions lists, and after the end of the war they will definitely face responsibility for committed war crimes … All information about the commission of crimes and cooperation with the occupiers is documented in detail and transmitted to law enforcement agencies of Ukraine. All collaborators will be responsible for supporting the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, illegally sending Ukrainian citizens to this war, killing civilians and destroying infrastructure, ”said the presidential representative.
As reported, the head of the prosecutor’s office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol Igor Ponochovny saidthat the residents of the occupied Crimea who were forcibly drafted into the army of the Russian Federation or illegal formations, who have not committed other crimes, are victims of the armed conflict, and not criminals.
At 4 am on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine and launched a direct full-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine are rebuffing the enemy, the blitzkrieg plan – to capture Kyiv in two or three days – failed, the Russian army retreated from the capital. The Russian military commits thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout Ukraine.