Ukraine demands that Russia withdraw the pracitce of military conscription in the temporarily occupied Crimea. The relevant protest note was sent on October 25, reports the press office of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.
‘The Ukrainian MFA requires that the Russian Federation cancel the conscription on the occupied part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city, end the persecution of Ukrainian citizens for the unwillingness to serve in the occupant army, and ensure a strict compliance with its international obligations as an occupying state,’ reads the message.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses a protest in connection with the conscription, stressing that such actions are the blatant violation of obligations under the international humanitarian law, which prohibits Russia, as an occupant state to force people to serve in its armed forces. It also prohibits exerting pressure and conducting propaganda in favor of voluntary entry into the army.
The MFA recalled the numerous facts of Russia's persecution of residents of the Crimea for their reluctance to serve in the Russian army, which is recorded in the thematic report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Reportedly, almost 18 thousand people will be sent to do military service within the conscription campaign in October-December 2018.