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Russian forces plan to put 16-year-old boys on military record in Luhansk region

Russian forces plan to put 16-year-old boys on military record in Luhansk region Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Over three months, the occupiers in the Luhansk People's Republic (LPP) intend to enlist 16-year-old boys for military registration, reports the head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Artem Lysogor.

The respective commissions will start operating in the occupied territory of the Luhansk region from January 10, 2024.

The occupation administration has granted them broad powers to ensure they can complete their tasks by March 31, coinciding with the end of the presidential elections in Russia.

"They will also identify older men who have avoided conscription since the occupation and will register them by December 31," writes Lysogor.

Shortage of doctors in the region

According to him, businesses, institutions, and organizations have also been involved in this work to obtain the necessary personal data of men. Educational institutions, in particular, are required to ensure the urgent appearance of young men at the military draft offices.

"However, not every settlement in the so-called LPP has an adequate number of specialized doctors," the head of the administration reports.

Consequently, men will be sent to neighboring districts for medical examinations, while residents of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Rubizhne, Kreminna, Svatove, and Troitske have been ordered to register in other cities.

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