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Number of Russian army enlistees from Crimea to increase twice
16:05, 31 March 2016
Number of Russian army enlistees from Crimea to increase twice

This spring, about 1900 men are to be drafted, says representative of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia

16:05, 31 March 2016

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The number of Crimean draftees in Russian army will grow already this spring. Vasiliy Tonkoshkurov, Chief of Main Organization and Enlistment Department of Russia’s General Staff of the Armed Forces, said this as quoted by Kryminform.

“As for the Republic of Crimea, the enlistment campaign will involve twice as many draftees compared with that of autumn 2015”, Tonkoshkurov noted. According to him, about 1500 men will be enlisted across Crimea; another 400 will be drafted from Sevastopol, which has special status of governance.

The official noted that all draftees will serve in Crimea.  

As is known, Crimea was occupied by Russian troops in spring 2014. Ukrainian government, the vast majority of the Ukrainian nation and the Western countries condemned this step, saying they would never recognize the illegal annexation of the peninsula.

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