BREAKING: Putin declares martial law in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions

BREAKING: Putin declares martial law in Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has declared martial law in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions, as reported on Wednesday, October 19.

Putin declares martial law in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions.

Putin made the announcement during a meeting of the Russian Security Council on October 19.

Putin said: “Considering that armed force is used against the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation, in accordance with Part 2 of Article 87 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation and Articles 3 and 4 of the Federal Constitutional Law of January 30, 2002 No. 1-FKZ.

“On Martial Law” I decide: to introduce on October 20, 2022 year from zero hours in the territories of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Luhansk People’s Republic, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, martial law.”

Earlier, the acting governor of Kherson Region, Volodymyr Saldo, said that Ukraine was amassing forces for a large-scale offensive, with “Russia forming a military group to repel it.”

Residents were evacuated to the left bank of the Dnieper river “for their safety.”

On Monday, October 3, Russia’s State Duma announced the appointment of deputy coordinators for Russia’s new regions following the unanimous ratification of the annexation of the Ukrainian territories Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson into the Russian Federation.

“The Duma will be represented by Viktor Vodolatskyy in the Luhansk people’s republic, Dmytro Sablin in the Donetsk people’s republic, Andriy Krasov in Zaporizhzhya Region, and Gleb Khor in Kherson Region,” the announced said at the time.

“MPs will work in the aforementioned regions, open reception offices there, receive Russian citizens and help to solve their problems.”

Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that each faction would decide on its representatives in the Donetsk people’s republic, LNR, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson Region and set up work there.

It added: “Voting on the issue of the incorporation of the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics, as well as Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions into the Russian Federation ended on September 27.

“On October 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted to the State Duma for ratification the agreements on admitting the four new regions to the Russian Federation.”

As noted, Russa’s State Duma ratified the annexation of four regions of Ukraine – Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions to Russia.

According to the docs:

  • the borders of the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, connected with the territory of other countries, are the state border of Russia;
  • until January 1, 2026, all four new subjects have a transitional period to resolve issues of military duty and military service;
  • within the same time frame, the issues of integrating new regions into the economic, financial, credit and legal systems of Russia, as well as into the system of government bodies, should be resolved;
  • Russian legislation and other normative legal acts are effective in new regions from the day they are accepted into Russia;
  • normative legal acts of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions are not applied if they contradict the Constitution of Russia;
  • official documents of the DPR and LPR are valid until the end of the transition period or the adoption of Russian relevant legal acts;
  • the governments of the DPR and LPR will continue to work until the formation of new offices of the acting heads of the republics, the governments of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions must form acting governors in accordance with Russian law.

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