Putin declares martial law in annexed regions of Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday declared martial law in Ukraine’s four regions annexed by Moscow and granted emergency powers to all regional governors in Russia, opening the door to imposing new restrictions across the country.

Putin did not immediately outline the steps that would be taken under martial law, but said his order would take effect from Thursday. His decree gave law enforcement agencies three days to make concrete proposals and ordered the creation of Territorial Defense Forces in the annexed regions.

The upper house of the Russian parliament quickly approved Putin’s decision to declare a state of war in the annexed regions of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhia. Approved legislation suggested the declaration could include restrictions on travel and public gatherings, tighter censorship and broader powers for law enforcement.

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“We are working on solving very difficult, large-scale tasks to ensure the security and secure future of Russia and to protect our people,” Putin said in a televised address at the beginning of a Security Council session. “Those who are on the front lines or who are training at shooting ranges and training centers should feel our support and know that they have our great, great country and united people behind them.”

On Saturday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said two men fired at soldiers at a military firing range near Ukraine, killing 11 and wounding 15 while returning fire.

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Putin did not provide details on the additional powers that will be given to the heads of Russia’s regions under his decree. However, the order says that measures provided for by martial law could be imposed anywhere in Russia “if necessary”.

Under Russian law, martial law could require, among other things, banning public gatherings, imposing travel bans and curfews, and enforcing censorship.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin’s order does not provide for the closure of Russia’s borders, state-run RIA-Novosti news agency reported. In an apparent attempt to calm a nervous public, regional authorities rushed to say no immediate curfews or travel restrictions were planned.

Putin last month ordered the mobilization of army reservists, prompting hundreds of thousands of men to flee Russia.

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The Russian leader also on Wednesday ordered the creation of a coordination committee to increase interactions between government agencies in managing the fighting in Ukraine, which Putin continued to describe as a “special military operation.”

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who has been appointed to head the committee, said it will focus on increasing shipments of arms and military equipment, conducting construction work and facilitating transportation.

In regions of Russia bordering Ukraine, authorities plan to tighten security at key facilities, including conducting checks on motorists, according to Andrei Kartapolov, chairman of the Defense Committee of Russia’s lower house.


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