Russia conducting covert mobilization in temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories, says ombudswoman

15 May, 07:50 PM
The Russians are conducting covert mobilization in the occupied Ukrainian territories (Photo:Russian Ministry of Defense / Facebook)

The Russians are conducting covert mobilization in the occupied Ukrainian territories (Photo:Russian Ministry of Defense / Facebook)

Russia is conducting covert mobilization in temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories, and is planning to draft women into the Russian army, Ukrainian Ombudswoman Liudmyla Denisova said in a Telegram messenger post on May 15.

According to Denisova, the mobilization began in the temporarily occupied Crimea, where many citizens have already refuse to fight against the Ukrainian army, and if forced to fight, have surrendered to Ukraine’s army.

In particular, all men under the age of 60 who are registered in the city of Saki and Saki district, from May 16 to May 20, 2022 have been called to enlistment offices for military registration.

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"In turn, as part of the mobilization, the occupiers informed the management of the ORLO (occupied areas of the Donbas) that it was necessary to 'verify the data' of women aged 18 to 45 who have the following specialties: accountant, cook, nurse, laboratory assistant, driver, driver, cleaner," Denisova said.

The ombudswoman said that forced mobilization is prohibited by international humanitarian law, under Article 51, Part IV of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in a Time of War.

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