Putin wants to involve children in the war in Ukraine

March 21, 2022

The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported that the Russian Federation is considering the possibility of involving minor residents of Crimea, members of the Russian youth military organization Youtharmy, in hostilities.

The corresponding order On organizing the involvement of members of the military-patriotic public movement Youtharmy to conduct a special operation on the territory of Ukraine was signed by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Shoigu.

The order refers to the preparation of reports of a potential human reserve aged 17-18 to be involved in hostilities as part of the occupying army.  This means that about 1,800 children from the occupied Crimea may be involved in the war.