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Putin Declares Martial Law in Annexed Regions of Ukraine

Wed 19 Oct 2022 | 03:52 PM
 Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin
By Ahmad El-Assasy

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin imposed martial law in the four Ukrainian areas that Moscow had annexed and granted further emergency powers to the governors of every Russian district.

Putin said his directive would go into force on Thursday but did not immediately outline the procedures that would be followed. His decision mandates the establishment of territorial defence forces in the four acquired territories and provides law enforcement authorities three days to submit precise recommendations.

"We are working to solve very difficult large-scale tasks to ensure Russia's security and safe future, to protect our people," Putin said in televised remarks at the start of a Security Council meeting. "Those who are on the frontlines or undergoing training at firing ranges and training centers should feel our support and know that they have our big, great country and unified people behind their back."

Putin's decision to establish martial law in the provinces of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia that were annexed was scheduled to be swiftly approved by the upper chamber of the Russian parliament. Draft legislation suggests it may include travel and public gathering limitations, more stringent censorship, and increased power for law enforcement organisations.

Moreover, Putin made no mention of the additional authority that his decree will grant to the leaders of the Russian regions.

His edict states that the kinds of procedures contemplated by martial law could be adopted in Russia, sending a hint that his actions could have broad implications for those living in Russia.

In order to improve communication between government departments in dealing with the situation in Ukraine, which he continued to refer to as a "special military operation," the Russian leader also authorised the creation of a Coordination Committee.

Putin's decision, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, does not foresee the closing of Russia's borders, official news outlet RIA-Novosti said.