Russian Defense Ministry: Nearly 2,000 spring conscripts arrived at Sevastopol to serve in the Russian Black Sea Fleet

More than 1,700 recruits or about 65% of the total number of conscripts have already arrived for the spring draft-campaign to serve in the Black Sea Fleet of Russia, the press service of the Southern Military District of the Russian Defense Ministry reports.

The Ministry also reported that the recruits from the military commissariats went through a medical examination and psychological and sociological testing in Sevastopol.

"The questionnaire showed that more than 95% of young people came to the Black Sea Fleet with a desire to serve, about 5% are married, the vast majority of them already have children, more than 70% of servicemen were brought up in full families, more than 90% consider themselves believers belonging to various religious denominations," the statement says.

After passing the admission and technical commission, for the purpose of going through general military training the conscripts are assigned to special companies formed for the duration of the conscription campaign in the fleet management center, units of the Black Sea Fleet army corps, naval aviation regiments and logistics support units, the press service added.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Black Sea fleet will continue to receive new recruits until the end of the draft campaign on July 15.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) believes that the Kremlin is violating international norms by urging residents of annexed Crimea to serve in the armed forces of Russia. This is stated in the report of the UN Monitoring Mission on Human Rights in Ukraine, dedicated to the situation with human rights in the country.

Earlier, it was reported that during the spring draft campaign of 2017 in the Crimea there was a plan to send about two dozen residents of the peninsula to military service in Russia.

In January 2017, the Kremlin-controlled government of the Crimea announced that as a result of military drafts of 2015-2016, more than four thousand Crimeans were sent to serve in the Russian army.

  Crimea, conscription, Black Sea Fleet