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14 March 2019, 14:58

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Kiev forces conscripts to serve in war zone, threatens criminal prosecution - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, March 14 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian draft boards meet conscription plan targets with help from police who fake criminal charges against conscription age persons,  LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a Lugansk Media Centre press briefing citing Ukrainian army 54th Brigade serviceman Sergey Magdenko who defected to the LPR.

Earlier on Thursday, Marochko said that the LPR law-enforcers and militia had helped Ukrainian serviceman Sergey Magdenko cross into the Republic.

“Aside from the service documents he passed to us, the (Ukrainian) serviceman told about the measures taken by  draft boards to form so-called ‘volunteer’ brigades and send them to the zone of fighting,” Marochko said.

The method is trivially easy. The draft boards, cooperating with police, detain conscription age residents and file criminal cases against them under far-fetched pretexts. The detainees face the choice of getting a sentence for the crime they have not committed or sign a service contract to defend the (Ukrainian president Petr) Poroshenko regime, the spokesman said.

Earlier, Marochko repeatedly said that Ukrainian draft board officers, after the introduction of martial law in Ukraine, detained conscription age men across the country to convoy them to draft boards.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 14 March — Lugansk