Russia’s Putin Declares Martial Law In 4 Annexed Ukrainian Regions

ASTANA KAZAKHSTAN - OCTOBER 14: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the plenary session of the Commonwealth of the Independent States (CIS) Summit, October,14,2022, in Astana, Kazakhstan. Leaders of most post-Soviet states arrived to Astana for the first Summit Russia - Central Asia and annual Summit of CIS. (Photo by Contributor/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Russia has announced the implementation of martial law in the four regions of Ukraine that it claimed to annex last month.
  • Putin didn’t immediately spell out the steps that would be taken under martial law but said his order was effective starting Thursday.
  • “We are working to solve challenging large-scale tasks to ensure Russia’s security and safe future, to protect our people,” Putin said in televised remarks at the start of a Security Council meeting.

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