Martial law has been imposed on the four regions that recently voted to become part of Russia amid the conflict with Ukraine, announced Russian President Vladimir Putin today. The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions, already had martial law in place when they became parts of Russia, Putin explained.
The decision provides the legal basis for these regions to remain in place under Russian sovereignty, he said during a meeting of the National Security Council.
The document signed by Putin introduces martial law starting midnight tomorrow. It also orders various parts of the Russian government to submit corresponding action plans within three days.
People in the four former Ukrainian regions voted in referendums last month to ask Moscow to accept them as part of Russia. Kiev rejected the votes as illegitimate and pledged to use military force to seize the regions.
Earlier today, officials in Kherson region reported that Ukrainian troops appeared to be deploying for a large-scale offensive against the capital, Kherson, while political leaders in Kherson region earlier Wednesday began massively ramping up the relocation of up to 60,000 people amid warnings over Russia's ability to withstand a Ukrainian counter-offensive.
"In this regard, let me remind you that in the Donetsk People's Republic, the Luhansk People's Republic, as well as in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, martial law was in effect before joining Russia," Putin said during a televised address. "Now we need to formalise this regime within the framework of Russian legislation," he said.
"Therefore, I signed a decree on the introduction of martial law in these four subjects of the Russian Federation, so it will be immediately sent to the Federation Council," Putin said.
Russia's Federation Council will consider Putin's decree on martial law in the regions as soon as possible, said Andrei Klishas, chairman of the Federation Council committee on constitutional legislation, in a statement on his Telegram channel.
The regional administration announced this week the relocation of residents from the city to the eastern side of the Dnieper River due to the threat posed by Kyiv’s forces.