The Russian Army are sending out the majority of conscript summons to the army in Crimea to the Crimean Tatars, according to non-governmental organization CrimeaSOS.
The indigenous people who live in Crimea and are Ukrainian citizens are being forced to join Vladimir Putin’s forces to fight against fellow Ukrainians.
The vast scale of the mobilisation could result “into concealed genocide of the Crimean Tatar people.”
Analyst of the organisation Yevhen Yaroshenko said, “According to preliminary estimations, Crimean Tatars received around 90% of summons to the army in Crimea.
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“At the same time, 13-15% of the population in the peninsula are Crimean Tatars. Such scales of the mobilization could result into concealed genocide of the Crimean Tatar people.”
CrimeaSOS, accused Russia of the deliberate creation of living conditions designed for full or partial elimination of an ethnic group, this is a form of genocide which is in line with the international law.
“The Crimean Tatars are citizens and indigenous people of Ukraine, whom Russia may deliberately eliminate by sending to the war against their own state,” Yaroshenko added.
Under Article 51 of the Geneva Convention Act conscription of the residents of the Russian occupied territories to the occupation army is legally not allowed which is a war crime.
By Russia forcing Ukrainian citizens to participate in their military operations against their own country is in fact another war crime.
Some 5,000 residents of temporarily Russia occupied Crimea have to date received the summons to the army since the beginning of the “partial mobilisation” in Russia.