The conscription into the armed forces in the occupied Crimea is a war crime of Russia, – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses the strong protest against the commission of a war crime by the Russian Federation – the appeal of citizens of Ukraine living in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to serve in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
This is reported by UATV with reference to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It is noted that, systematically violating the norms of international humanitarian law, in particular the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, the Russian occupation administration calls on its Armed Forces in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.
“Since 2015, the Russian occupation administration has already conducted 12 conscription campaigns on the peninsula, illegally drafting about 28 000 people, and on April 1, 2021, it begins another conscription campaign. Those who disagree with the compulsory conscription of the Crimeans are subject to criminal prosecution by the occupation administration, which is also a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention”.
Also, contrary to the norms of international humanitarian law, the propaganda of service in the army of the aggressor state, including among children, is carried out.
The Foreign Ministry calls on the international community to give a proper assessment of such actions of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territory, to continue and increase the political and diplomatic pressure on the aggressor state in order to return the Russian Federation to compliance with the norms and principles of international law.
“Ukraine continues to document violations by the Russian Federation of international law and take measures to bring Russia to international legal responsibility,” the department added.
Earlier, Kyiv sent a note to the Russian Federation due to provocations at the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow.
On April 1, in accordance with the decree of the President of Ukraine, conscription started.