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 conscription of citizens for military service”. At the “assembly point” they were given a rapid test to detect viral infectious diseases. After confirmation by the city laboratory of the absence of infections, the recruits underwent the “psychological selection for the presence of professional qualities” and a medical commission, after which they were given a military uniform.

Subsequently, the first group of conscripts of the “autumn conscription of 2020” went to serve in the conscription units of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy and the troops of the Russian Guard. It should be noted that sending conscripts from Sevastopol, Feodosia and other parts of the occupied Crimea is a priority for the Russian military authorities, compared to the organization of conscription in Russia proper. In total, during the autumn conscription, it was planned to send about five hundred people 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 ideological influence the appropriate stratum of the population involved in the affairs of the occupiers or as loyal to them, that is, essentially trying to expand and strengthen the base for collaborationism. According to expert estimates, in total, more than 24,000 people have already been illegally summoned by Russians in Crimea.

At the same time, the Russian occupation authorities are using other measures to militarize the population. In particular, according to a recent report by the information department of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy, the first military-tactical game “Zarya” (“Dawn”) during the capture of Crimea 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 teams came to this game, and in fact – this airsoft maneuvers from all over the Crimea. According to the script, several hundred people were to divide the “disputed territory”, military equipment and active servicemen of the army corps took part in the large-scale operation.

Each of the players operated with equipment and ammunition: protective camouflage, bulletproof vests, night vision devices, optical sights, modern helmets, radios, as well as various electropneumatic pistols, rifles, submachine guns and grenade simulators. Pyrotechnics and smoke were also used “to bring 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 as close as possible to real combat conditions, and the purpose of the game is to develop “Russian patriotism” and “increase motivation” to “perform military duty” in the occupiers, and at the same time for the “social rehabilitation” of the aggressor State servicemen, who have passed the “hot spots”.