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Crimeans not to be prosecuted for military service in Russia, - Crimean Prosecutor’s office

Reportedly, the Russian army intended to call up almost 2,800 Crimeans during the 2018 autumn conscription
18:58, 29 October 2018

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The residents of the annexed Crimea will not be prosecuted for the military service in the Russian Army. Yelyzaveta Dzihora, the representative of the Prosecutor’s office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea reported this on the air of Radio Krym.Realii.

‘If a Ukrainian citizen serves in the Armed Forces of Russia, it is certainly not the ground to bring him to justice under the Criminal Law of Ukraine. I want to place emphasis on that there is no such situation spread in the media scene sa the possible massive prosecution of Ukrainian citizens for service in the Russian army. It is certainly not like that, and when facts appear that may indicate the presence or the absence of the elements of a crime, this issue is worked out absolutely on particular facts in each case,’ Dzihora claimed.

Related: Poroshenko: Conscripts not to be sent to front line

Earlier, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, jointly with the Crimean human rights group, Regional Center for Human Rights and the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union referred an appeal to the International Criminal Court on the illegal forcing the Crimeans to serve in the Armed Forces of Russia.

Also, it was reported that the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation called up 2,800 Crimeans during the 2018 autumn conscription. Most of them are to be sent to the country's Far North. It was noted that 2,300 people will serve on the territory of the Russian Federation. The Crimean conscripts serve in the ground, aerospace and engineering troops, as well as in the strategic army, the National Guard of Russia and others.

Related: Almost 70 percent of conscripts evade army draft in Ukraine's Uzhgorod

As of late 2017, about 5, 000 residents of annexed Crimea were enlisted for military service in the Russian Army. Also, criminal proceedings initiated on the peninsula for evading service in the Russian army.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine repeatedly demanded that Russia lift the compulsory militaty service in Crimea.

Related: Law on gender equality in military service takes effect in Ukraine

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