In Russian-annexed Crimea, in places densely populated by Crimean Tatars, residents are picked up by Russian security forces and handed over to mobilization collection points, for inclusion in the Russian military. This was announced on September 22 at the Crimean Idea civil initiative.
According to human rights activists, the number of Crimean Tatars forcibly mobilized from densely populated areas is already approaching or even exceeding a thousand people.
It should be noted that the operation began the day before at 6 am and is carried out mainly in the places of residence of the Crimean Tatars: Bakhchisaray microdistricts 6 and 7, the village of Stroganovka near Simferopol, the villages of the valley from Dobrovskaya, the Sary-Su massif, Saki, Azov, Kirov, Zuya.
the initiative stated that the police participated in the raids, and at the entrances to the settlements, posts of the Crimean traffic police with the National Guard were deployed.
“Some households were entered fraudulently – they shouted that help was needed, and when people opened up they served a summons. Cases of mobilization from the workplace are also recorded: in Zuya, several teachers received summonses, in Bakhchisarai, medical workers. Likewise, a large number of cases were recorded in which, after the delivery of the summons, a person was forcibly put on a bus and then taken to the territory of the military registration and enlistment office,” the report says.
The “Crimean Idea” emphasized that the recruitment of residents of the occupied territories into the army of the occupying country is a war crime and indicates that “once again, the indigenous people of Crimea become the main victim of the crime.”
“Focusing on the mobilization of Crimean Tatars may be one of the forms of genocide of indigenous peoples,” said representatives of the initiative.
On September 21, in the context of the announcement of partial mobilization in Russia, the Russian authorities in Crimea and Sevastopol announced the creation of preliminary commissions. Earlier, Russian Crimea chief Sergei Aksyonov said he had already sent 1,200 “volunteers” to mainland Ukraine and was preparing two more battalions. Russian media in Crimea announced “military service contract in registered units.” At the same time, in Crimea and Sevastopol, they continue to bury Russian servicemen who died during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
On September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that a partial mobilization would be announced in the country. The decree states that only reserve citizens and those who have served in the army will be subject to compulsory military service. They will undergo additional training before being dispatched.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu specified that 300,000 people would be drafted into the Russian army.
Shoigu also revealed for the first time in months the official estimate of the Russian army’s losses in the war with Ukraine. According to him, during the fighting in Ukraine since the end of February, 5937 people have died.
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on September 21, the Russian army lost more than 55,000 soldiers in Ukraine.
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