Legislators in Ukraine approved a state national of urgency in the midst of fears of a whole-out Russian invasion.
the parliament approved the decree of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy which imposes the measure for 30 days from Thursday. The state of emergency allows authorities to impose restrictions on movement, block rallies and ban political parties and organizations”in the interests of national safety and public ordered.”
the move follows Russian President Vladimir Putin move Monday to recognize independence of rebel regions in eastern Ukraine, where the nearly eightyear conflict has killed over 14,000. Putin sanctioned the deployment of Russian troops there to “keep the peace” and received parliamentary approval to use military force outside the country.
The Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly expressed their concern about the possibility that Russia is trying to destabilize the country by relying on Moscow supporters inside the country, including a pro-Russian politician party represented in parliament.
The document also bans “information materials which could destabilize the situation in the country”, and gives the government the right to impose curfews and to carry out checks.