Reintegration Ministry shares tips for Ukrainians on how to avoid Russia’s forced mobilization

15 September, 05:01 PM
How to protect people in temporarily occupied territories from forced mobilization by the invaders (Photo:facebook \ The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine)

How to protect people in temporarily occupied territories from forced mobilization by the invaders (Photo:facebook \ The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine)

While the Kremlin denies it might declare a full mobilization, Ukraine’s Reintegration Ministry on Sept. 14 shared tips for Ukrainians in the temporarily occupied territories on how to avoid participating in hostilities on the side of the Russian invaders.

First of all, Ukrainians are urged, if possible, to inform the National Information Bureau about cases of forced mobilization in the temporarily occupied territories. This can be done by calling the hotline 1648 or +38 (044) 287 81 65 for calls from abroad. It is also possible to use the agency’s website and chatbots on Viber and Telegram.

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“The calls we receive are not made public,” said the head of the National Information Bureau, Oleksandr Smirnov.

“We maintain the absolute confidentiality for each person. Everyone who is involved in war crimes will definitely be punished!”

How to avoid mobilization to the Russian army:

  1. Avoid personally receiving summons and calls from enemy “military enlistment offices.”
  2. Change your phone number or temporarily stop using it.
  3. If possible, change your place of residence, if it is known to the invaders – it is better to evacuate.
  4. If the invaders search for you, you should provide evidence why you cannot serve: religious beliefs, unsuitability due to health, etc.

What to do if you were forcibly mobilized:

  1. Ignore criminal orders from the aggressor army. By following them, you become an accomplice to war crimes, which do not have a statute of limitations even under forced mobilization.
  2. At the first opportunity, surrender to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and report that you were forcibly mobilized.

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov has recently announced that all Ukrainian conscripts should be ready to go to the front in the near future as the Ukrainian side also suffered heavy losses during the counter-offensive.

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