About 150 Crimeans, illegally drafted into the Russian army, were sent to serve in Russia, the "Deputy Prime Minister" of Crimea Igor Mikhailichenko reported.
Conscripts were sent to a distribution unit in the Moscow region, after which they would be transported to various military units.
According to the “official”, Crimeans will serve in the Russian strategic missile forces, air force, airborne troops, land forces and electronic warfare units.
Reportedly, the number of Crimeans illegally drafted into the armed forces of the Russian Federation in the spring of 2018 reached a record high of 2,800 people.
The report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights states that since 2015, 12,000 residents of the Crimea have been drafted into the Russian army.
In 2017, the practice of transferring conscrips from the Crimea to Russia was introduced.
Since the beginning of 2018, "courts" in the annexed Crimea fined 18 residents for evading military service. Fines range from 18 to 50 thousand rubles.
Ukrainian human rights activists gave recommendations to residents of the Crimea how to avoid serving in the Russian army without breaking the law. In particular, they are advised not to refuse a Ukrainian passport, to withdraw from the register, or to travel to mainland Ukraine.
All the so-called “conscription campaigns” in the occupied Crimea are held in violation of the norms of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilians.
In particular, Article 51 of the Convention states that “the occupying state cannot force the protected persons to serve in its armed or auxiliary forces”.