The other day in Sevastopol, the first group of thirty young men of the city was sent from the“assembly point of the military commissariat” to serve in the army as part of the “autumn conscriptionof citizens for military service”. At the “assembly point” they were given a rapid test to detect viralinfectious diseases. After confirmation by the city laboratory of the absence of infections, the recruitsunderwent the “psychological selection for the presence of professional qualities” and a medicalcommission, after which they were given a military uniform.

Subsequently, the first group of conscripts of the “autumn conscription of 2020” went to serve in theconscription units of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy and the troops of the Russian Guard. Itshould be noted that sending conscripts from Sevastopol, Feodosia and other parts of the occupiedCrimea is a priority for the Russian military authorities, compared to the organization of conscription inRussia proper. In total, during the autumn conscription, it was planned to send about five hundredpeople from Sevastopol alone for military service.
The number of conscripts in the armed forces in the occupied territories has a steady upward trend.Thus, the occupying power is trying to forcibly create through increased organizational and ideologicalinfluence the appropriate stratum of the population involved in the affairs of the occupiers or as loyalto them, that is, essentially trying to expand and strengthen the base for collaborationism. Accordingto expert estimates, in total, more than 24,000 people have already been illegally summoned byRussians in Crimea.

At the same time, the Russian occupation authorities are using other measures to militarize thepopulation. In particular, according to a recent report by the information department of the Black SeaFleet of the Russian Navy, the first military-tactical game “Zarya” (“Dawn”) during the capture ofCrimea was held at the landfill of the coastal corps of the Black Sea Fleet, to participate in which were

allowed adult citizens who had their own game weapons and equipment. The participating teamscame to this game, and in fact – this airsoft maneuvers from all over the Crimea. According to thescript, several hundred people were to divide the “disputed territory”, military equipment and activeservicemen of the army corps took part in the large-scale operation.
Each of the players operated with equipment and ammunition: protective camouflage, bulletproofvests, night vision devices, optical sights, modern helmets, radios, as well as various electropneumaticpistols, rifles, submachine guns and grenade simulators. Pyrotechnics and smoke were also used “tobring the situation closer to the battlefield”. The event involved 20 units of equipment, including T-72B3 tanks, BTR-80 armored personnel carriers and URAL vehicles.

During the game, the participants, under the supervision of the “judges”, captured and held positions.The military-tactical game “Zarya” is a modern analogue of the Soviet military-patriotic game“Zarnytsia”. The main difference between the games is that the actions of the game “Zarya” are asclose as possible to real combat conditions, and the purpose of the game is to develop “Russianpatriotism” and “increase motivation” to “perform military duty” in the occupiers, and at the same timefor the “social rehabilitation” of the aggressor State servicemen, who have passed the “hot spots”.

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