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Russia forcibly mobilized 60 thousand Ukrainians from occupied territories

Russia forcibly mobilized 60 thousand Ukrainians from occupied territories 60 thousand Ukrainians were taken to the Russian army (Photo: Getty Images)

Since the beginning of 2022, the aggressor state has forcibly mobilized between 55,000 to 60,000 people into its army on the occupied territories of Ukraine, Andriy Chernyak, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, commented for the "Donbas Realities" program.

"It's a forced mobilization: the occupiers were catching people on the streets, coming to the few remaining enterprises that were still working, and forcibly taking people- simply changing their clothes and sending them to the frontlines. They promised they would be on the second or third lines, but in reality, people ended up on the frontline," said the representative of Ukrainian military intelligence.

Russia also forcibly conscripts students from the occupied Ukrainian territories.

"A person goes to classes in the morning, and after two days, they are already at war. Essentially, Russia doesn't consider the residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions as human beings, so the occupiers don't care about anything, and laws do not apply. The only real option [to survive] is to surrender and be taken prisoner at the first opportunity immediately," Chernyak pointed out.

Forced mobilization

Earlier, the Center for National Resistance reported that the occupation administration in the temporarily controlled part of the Zaporizhzhia region is preparing for the forced mobilization of residents.

The UN Committee on Eliminating Racial Discrimination has already called on Russia to stop the forced mobilization immediately.