The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine reported that in 2017 at least 4,800 people were recruited to serve in the Armed Forces of Russia by the occupiers in the Crimea.

According to the Head of the UN Monitoring Mission for Human Rights in Ukraine Fiona Fraser, the organization recorded these facts, as well as the facts of the persecution of the Crimean Tatars.

"We continue to document that these violations of human rights and infringement of fundamental freedoms greatly affect the representatives of the Crimean Tatar people," she said.

According to her, Russia "continues to violate international law by applying its legal framework on the peninsula, and compulsorily recruitment of Crimean residents to its Armed Forces."

Furthermore, the report said that Kremlin -controlled courts in the Crimean began to hold hearings on charges of evading conscription. According to the UN monitoring mission, at least two convictions were pronounced, according to which two Crimean residents were sentenced to pay a fine of 25 thousand rubles (11 thousand UAH).

Reportedly, the prosecutor's office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is collecting evidence on the facts of forcing residents of Crimea to perform military service in the ranks of the Russian occupation army.

Source: UNIAN