Ukraine: Vladimir Putin declares martial law in annexed territories

Ukraine: Vladimir Putin declares martial law in annexed territories

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the imposition of martial law in the four Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia annexed by Moscow in September. Vladimir Putin announced this measure during a televised meeting of his Security Council. The Kremlin then issued a decree announcing the entry into force of martial law in those areas from midnight on Thursday.

Martial law was already in force before the annexation, says Putin

These areas “had introduced martial law before their annexation to the Russian Federation, but it is necessary to formalize this regime by following Russian legislation,” Vladimir Putin said. He justified this measure with the fact that Kyiv refuses to negotiate with Moscow and, according to him, continues to “bomb” the civilian population in these regions.

“The neo-Nazis (Ukrainians) openly use terrorist methods (…) They send saboteur groups to our territory,” he added, denouncing in particular the attack on the Crimean bridge and “nuclear infrastructures” without specifying which ones. According to the decree, the Russian government must propose concrete measures to be applied in these areas within three days.

A set of planned actions

Russian legislation provides for a number of measures in the event of the imposition of martial law: tightening of security measures, curfew, ban on public gatherings, evacuation of strategic enterprises, ban on leaving the affected areas, detention of the population, establishment of military censorship in telecommunications, etc .

The decree also establishes a reinforced security regime, dubbed the “intermediate level response regime,” in the Crimea peninsula annexed in 2014, as well as in the nearby Russian regions of Krasnodar, Rostov, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh and Kursk in Ukraine. In the central federal district, where the capital Moscow is located, a strengthened alert regime will also be established under this decree.


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