In the occupied Crimea, citizens are forced to serve in Russia’s Armed Forces as the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (GPU) reported.
'After the occupation, the Russian authority has set the repressive regime, which became the challenge for the modern system of human rights. Along with the forced displacement of the population, persecutions and confiscation of the property, the separate policy aspect of the occupation authority is the draft of Crimean residents to Russia’s Armed Forces,' the GPU noted.
The law enforcers reported that the forcing of the Crimean citizens to serve in the Armed Forces of Russia is forbidden by the national criminal legislation of Ukraine and norms of the international humanitarian right.
'Since spring 2015, during seven draft campaigns, at least 12,229 Ukrainians were called up for duty. Violating the norms of the international humanitarian right, the state bodies of Russia created the total atmosphere of coercion at the peninsula that aims against those who refuse to join the army of the occupant,' the message said.
According to the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the violation of the laws and customs of the war is punished with the imprisonment from eight to twelve years.
'The Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea put the information to the United register of the pretrial investigation and began the pretrial investigation of the illegal draft of the citizens of the Crimean peninsula to the Armed Forces of Russia,' the message said.
Earlier, we reported that Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, claimed that European Union will never recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
Besides, Poland confirmed the consistent support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, condemned the Russian aggression against Ukraine and urged Russia to release all Ukrainian political prisoners.