Putin Declares Martial Law in Annexed Regions of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared martial law in four annexed regions of Ukraine during a televised segment of a Security Council meeting on Wednesday.

The upper house of Russia’s parliament was set to quickly seal Putin’s decision to impose martial law in the annexed Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia regions. Draft legislation indicates it may involve restrictions on travel and public gatherings, tighter censorship and broader authority for law enforcement agencies.

Putin also gave additional emergency powers to the heads of all regions of Russia.

In a signal his moves could have broad restrictions for people living in Russia, his decree states that the types of measures envisaged by martial law could be introduced in Russia.

Washington Post, ABC