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Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people reveals who can be mobilized in Crimea

25 September, 2023 Monday

In the conscription and mobilization operation in the temporarily occupied Crimea, the invading Russian forces are working with representatives of law enforcement agencies and mobilizing those who already have some training

Eskender Bariyev, the head of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center and a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, said this on Espreso TV. 

"This applies to people who are retired, resigned, former police officers, military personnel of the Russian Federation or the Armed Forces. They are doing this purposefully to recruit people who do not need to spend time on training, because they really do not have enough people," Bariyev said.

Back in August, the head of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center noted that the occupying Russian troops planned to gather 3,000 people for the elections, noting that 1,000 would be sent to the Russian armed forces and another 2,000 to a private military company.

"I also said that Russia would conduct a full-scale mobilization. And now I can't confirm that it has begun actively, because it hasn't ended in principle. Although, as far as I know, they have fulfilled the plan for these 3,000 people," the member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people emphasized.

Bariyev noted that the head of the occupation administration of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, also has a private military company called Convoy. This and other companies exist to attract more people to the Russian Armed Forces, including private military companies.

"The invaders offer high salaries, benefits and other things and are actively recruiting. But if there is an opportunity to stay or go somewhere else, people try to hide from mobilization," Eskender Bariyev said.

  • Dmytro Sniehyriov, co-chair of the Right Cause civic initiative, said that the recent destruction of Russian military facilities in Crimea is creating preconditions for Russia to repeat its so-called "goodwill" gesture.

  • On September 14, in Yevpatoriya, the SBU, together with the Navy, conducted a special operation and attacked the Russian air defense system Triumph.

  • On the evening of Sunday, September 17, explosions were heard in the temporarily occupied Sevastopol and on Cape Fiolent. The occupying authorities reported the operation of Russian air defense. 

  • On September 20, the Armed Forces of Ukraine successfully attacked the command post of the Russian Black Sea Fleet near the temporarily occupied Sevastopol.

  • On Friday, September 22, powerful explosions occurred in the temporarily occupied Crimea: the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed the destruction of the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol.

  • On the morning of Saturday, September 23, in occupied Sevastopol, locals reported explosions and the sound of missiles flying overhead, and a cloud of smoke rose near the Russian naval arsenal. The occupation "authorities" claimed that air defense systems were operating, and that missile fragments allegedly fell in a local park.

  • On the night of September 25, four UAVs were allegedly shot down by air defense systems over the northwestern part of the Black Sea and over the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea.

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