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Moscow-Installed Official In Crimea Says Mobilization 'Complete' And 1,200 Sent To War.

Sergei Aksyonov (file photo)

Sergei Aksyonov (file photo)

The Russian-installed leadership of Crimea has said that the mobilization ordered by Moscow of the Ukrainian peninsula that Russia occupied and annexed in 2014 would be complete by the end of the day, a claim that could increase fears of forced military service particularly of minority Crimean Tatars under occupation.

Sergei Aksyonov said on September 25 that "Crimea will finish the mobilization measures today by the end of the day, carrying them out in full," according to RFE/RL's Russian Service.

He had previously said mobilized Crimeans would be sent to Sevastopol "for retraining."

But on September 25, Aksyonov said 1,200 "volunteers" had been sent to mainland Ukraine and two more "battalions" were being prepared.

There are concerns that, as in parts of Russia, Moscow-backed authorities are pressing minorities and other vulnerable groups into military service.

Human rights activists said about 5,000 Crimean residents had already received summonses since Putin's call-up announcement on September 21.

Russian authorities reportedly this week forbid Crimeans from leaving the peninsula without military authorities' permission.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who has vowed to fight until his country wins back "every centimeter" Russia has occupied, has said Kyiv has evidence that occupation authorities in Crimea are targeting minority Crimean Tatars to fight for Russia.

He has stressed that forced conscription by occupying armies of local populations contravenes international law.

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