Putin Declares Ukraine Martial Law

FILE - In this file photo taken on Thursday, May 9, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after the military parade marking 74 years since the victory in WWII in Moscow, Russia. A massive military parade that was postponed by the coronavirus will roll through Red Square this week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, even though Russia is continuing to register a steady rise in infections. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

At a glance

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday declared martial law in the four regions of Ukraine that Moscow annexed last month.
  • The regions – Donetsk People’s Republic, Luhansk People’s Republic, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson – will come under martial law Thursday, the Kremlin announced in a translated decree.

    Martial law is essential defined as putting government-run operations under direct military control.

    Putin said the change will ensure safety and maintain public order, as well as ensure “anti-terrorist protection of critical facilities.”

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