ISW: occupiers force Ukrainian prisoners of war to join their "volunteer formations", violating Geneva Convention
The occupiers could force Ukrainian prisoners of war to join the so-called "volunteer" units that would fight on the territory of Ukraine. Such actions by the Russians may be a clear violation of the Geneva Convention relative to prisoners of war.
This was reported by analysts of the Institute for War Studies. Thus, on October 27, Russian state media reported that the "Bohdan Khmelnytsky" volunteer battalion of the occupiers attracted about 70 Ukrainian prisoners of war from various Russian penal colonies.
These individuals have already begun training and are to be sent to an unspecified area of the front line after completion.
According to analysts, forcing prisoners of war to participate in hostilities is a violation of the Geneva Convention. It states that no prisoner of war may be sent to a combat zone at any time where he or she may be exposed to fire. In addition, prisoners of war should not be involved in work that is unhealthy or dangerous by its nature.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, the occupiers on the Crimean peninsula temporarily occupied by Russian forces are failing to mobilize. The local population is leaving the peninsula en masse, thus avoiding mobilization.
Earlier, it was reported that Russia proposed to send people suffering from alcoholism to the war against Ukraine. This idea was voiced on October 24 by Dmitry Frolov, chairman of the Kurgan Regional Duma and a member of the United Russia party. He also suggested that alcoholics should be sent to factories because there is a shortage of workers there.