About 5,000 people in Crimea received draft notices. 90% of them are Crimean Tatars
The human rights organization “Crimea SOS” states that, according to preliminary estimates, about 90% of draft notices in Crimea were received by Crimean Tatars.
“According to preliminary estimates, Crimean Tatars received about 90% of draft notices in Crimea. At the same time, Crimean Tatars make up 13–15% of the population of the peninsula. Such scale of mobilization can lead to a hidden genocide of the Crimean Tatar people,” said Yevhen Yaroshenko, an analyst of the human rights organization “Crimea SOS.”
Previously, the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Tamila Tasheva, reported that in Crimea, Russian military commissars are massively serving draft notices in places where Crimean Tatars live compactly: “Yesterday and today, raids were carried out on all settlements where Crimean Tatars live compactly — on schools, markets…, in places where people gather — and summonses are handed out, people are often loaded into cars and taken to military commissariats.”
“They want to destroy the Crimean Tatars using mobilization for this purpose, and it is important for us to talk about this, about the war crimes of Russia,” she added.
The public initiative “Crimean Idea” also confirms that Crimean Tatars are being mobilized from the areas of their compact residence and sent to the military commissariats: “The operation began at 6 in the morning, mainly in the residence of Crimean Tatars — 6 and 7 micro districts of Bakhchisaray, the village of Stroganivka near Simferopol, the villages of Dobrivska Dolyna, the Sara-Su array, Saki, Azov, Kirov, Zuya.”
Sevgil Musaeva, the chief editor of Ukrainian Pravda, who is a natively Crimean Tatar, called on the residents of Crimea to avoid mobilization in all possible and impossible ways, even at the cost of a sentence. She also sees such selective mobilization as a crime: “That is, Russia, which for 8 years of occupation carried out repression against the Crimea, arrested and displaced the indigenous population from the peninsula, decided to get rid of us in this way.”
The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people states that the Russian occupation administration’s forced mobilization of residents of the temporarily occupied Crimea into the army of the occupying state is a gross violation of the Geneva Convention: “The indicated disproportion in the ethnic composition of the residents of the temporarily occupied Crimea, who are forcibly and illegally mobilized by the Russian occupation administration, reveals the purposeful destruction of the adult male population of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people.” The Mejlis called on all residents of the temporarily occupied Crimea to start an open-ended protest against the illegal mobilization in the central square of Simferopol.