Russian invaders have begun forced mobilization, including medical workers, in the occupied territories of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and Kharkiv Oblasts, the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine reports.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russian invaders are mobilizing Ukrainian medical workers who remain in the occupied territories.
In particular, in the town of Vovchansk (Kharkiv Oblast), in primary health care, paramedical personnel are forcibly sent to the front line to provide first aid to Russian wounded soldiers. In case of refusal, medical workers are threatened of being shot.
Mobilization activities have also been launched among young people from the local population in the occupied territories of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and Kharkiv Oblasts, Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine noted.
In order to ensure mobilization activities, the possibility of leaving Kherson to the territories controlled by Ukraine is almost completely blocked. The possibility of leaving in the direction of Russia is significantly limited.
In Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Russian soldiers and the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation officers are looking for people of fighting age. It is reported that they have to replenish the Russian combat units in the most problematic areas.
These activities are carried out despite the predominantly pro-Ukrainian position of the population of the regions and the general motivation to resist the Russian invaders.
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Russia is forcibly mobilizing Ukrainians for the war from the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, occupied since 2014, as well as from Crimea.
Russian invaders use the mobilized Ukrainians as cannon fodder, throwing them into the hottest spots of the front to detect the firing positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in fact forcing some Ukrainians to kill others.
Due to significant losses in the ranks of “conscripts” from the Donbas, the Kremlin’s proxies in the “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” increased mobilization during the war: teenagers over 16 years old, people with disabilities and students are taken to the front. The age of forced mobilization has been raised from 55 to 65 years.