A curfew and martial law could also be introduced in the future, an official said
Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council has called for the imposition of a 30-day state of emergency across most of the country, fearing a Russian invasion is imminent.
During a press briefing on Wednesday, council chairman Aleksey Danilov revealed that the council had proposed the measure, which must first receive parliament’s approval before taking effect.
He also explained that authorities could establish both martial law and a curfew, if necessary, but there are currently no plans to do so.
According to Ukrainian law, the state of emergency imposes restrictions on freedom of movement and imposes a ban on mass demonstrations and strikes. It also prohibits changes to the country’s constitution, electoral laws and prohibits the holding of elections.
Kyiv-controlled Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts, which have been under a special regime since 2014, are exempt from the order.
Along with announcing a state of emergency, Danilov revealed that Ukraine would send 36,000 reservists into the army.
The announcement comes as tensions on Ukraine’s eastern border continue to rise. Russia is accused of placing more than 100,000 troops on the border, with some suggesting Moscow is planning to invade. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied this allegation.
The crisis in Ukraine began in 2014, following the events of Maidan, when violent street protests overthrew the democratically elected government. This led to conflict in the east of the country, as two regions broke control of Kiev and declared themselves the people’s republics of Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk (LPR).
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The DPR and LPR remained unrecognized by any UN nation until Monday, when Russian President Vladimir Putin formally declared them sovereign states. He also signed a decree that would allow Russian blue helmets to enter the region.
On Wednesday, in response to this recognition, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba called on Western nations to impose measures against Russia’s economy and Putin’s policies. “friends”.
“To prevent Putin from continuing his aggressions, we call on our partners to impose more sanctions on Russia now,” he said.
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