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​Russia Opens Military Training Center for Children in Temporarily Occupied Luhansk

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Illustrative photo / Photo credit: The Defense Intelligence of Ukraine
Illustrative photo / Photo credit: The Defense Intelligence of Ukraine

The center will train teenagers as young as 14, violating international law

In the Ukrainian city of Luhansk, currently under russian occupation, a new training center called Warrior is set to open. This center, overseen by the Ministry of Defense of russia and personally managed by Alexander Zaitsev, the organization’s director, will focus on recruiting and training young people for service in the russian army. This includes teenagers as young as 14, who will be taught basic combat skills like shooting, operating drones and using communication and electronic warfare equipment.

The entire operation is overseen by Viktor Vodolatsky, a russian State Duma deputy and Cossack leader. His plan involves sending children as young as 14 for military training, and those over 16 will be directly prepared for mobilization.

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Illustrative photo Defense Express Russia Opens Military Training Center for Children in Temporarily Occupied Luhansk
Illustrative photo / Photo credit: The Defense Intelligence of Ukraine

This blatant disregard for international law, specifically Article 51 of the Geneva Convention which prohibits the use of child soldiers, has been met with condemnation from the National Resistance Center. They have obtained a list of all individuals involved in the establishment of these centers, and have vowed to hold them accountable for their crimes.

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