State of emergency to be imposed in Ukraine, as NSDC said
“A state of emergency will be imposed throughout the entire territory of Ukraine, apart from Donetsk and Luhansk regions”, as Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, announced at a briefing on February 23, as Ukrinform reported.
NSDC decided to impose a state of emergency in Ukraine, apart from Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Following that decision the president of Ukraine must sign the respective decree, which must be approved by the Verkhovna Rada within two days.
According to Oleksii Danilov, depending on the expediency, the regional commissions will make appropriate decisions and take measures.
He also informed that the security measures could be stepped up to protect public order and facilities that ensure life-sustaining activity of the population and the national economy as well as the measure could concern some additional inspection and restriction of traffic, inspection of certain documents of individuals.
"These are the issues of prevention to preserve tranquility in Ukraine, to make our economy work, to make our country function," as Danilov said.
A state of emergency in Ukraine may be imposed for a period not exceeding 30 days and not more than 60 days in certain localities.
If necessary, the state of emergency may be extended by the head of state, but not for more than 30 days.
It will be recalled that on February 21, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing two self-proclaimed entities in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. The agreements between these breakaway territories and Russia provide for military assistance.
The leaders of the EU, the United States, Canada and most democracies have condemned the Kremlin's actions as a direct violation of international law and the Russian Federation's own international obligations.
On February 22, the Federation Council unanimously allowed Putin to use the Russian troops abroad.
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