About 10,000 Ukrainian citizens have left the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula following Russia’s announcement of a “partial mobilization,” the Ukrainian President’s Representative Office in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea reported on Facebook on Oct. 3, citing the data provided by the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.
“Locals continue to leave the territory of occupied Crimea, most of them are Crimean Tatars,” the report says.
“According to the Mejlis, about 10,000 of our citizens have left occupied Crimea – to Russia and abroad.”
In addition, pro-Russian activists are engaged in the deliberate persecution of Ukrainian citizens fleeing mobilization, the government stated.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin declared a partial mobilization in Russia on Sept. 21, and stated his readiness to use nuclear weapons in the event of a “threat to the territorial integrity” of Russia.
Later Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that 300,000 reservists would be called up during the partial mobilization. He estimated Russia’s mobilization resource at almost 25 million people, though that number has been called entirely implausible by military experts.
After Putin’s announcement, Russians began to buy tickets abroad en masse to avoid participating in their country’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Sept. 29 that Russia had already called 100,000 people for the war against Ukraine since the announcement of mobilization, and the first of these fresh recruits were already seeing combat on the battlefield.