Wed 19 October 2022:
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree imposing martial law in four “annexed” regions of Ukraine – Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson.
“It will immediately be sent for approval to the Federation Council, and the State Duma will be informed of the decision,” Putin said in televised remarks at the start of a Security Council meeting.
“We are working to solve very difficult large-scale tasks to ensure Russia’s security and safe future, to protect our people … Those who are on the front lines or undergoing training at firing ranges and training centres should feel our support and know that they have our big, great country and unified people behind their back.”
Putin also instructed the government to set up a special coordinating council under Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to work with the “annexed” regions to boost Moscow’s war effort in Ukraine.
Ukraine and its Western allies have denounced Russia’s attempt to formally claim the regions as a meaningless war tactic.
Martial law decree ‘does not change anything’: Zelenskyy’s adviser
Ukraine’s presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, condemned Putin’s martial law order as “pseudo-legalisation”.
On Twitter, the adviser wrote, “‘Martial law’ implementation on the occupied territories by RF should be considered only as a pseudo-legalization of looting of Ukrainians’ property by another “regrouping”. This does not change anything for Ukraine: we continue the liberation and de-occupation of our territories.”
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