The The Ukrainian security council called on Wednesday for a state of emergency to be established in the country.coinciding with Russia‘s invasion of the eastern territories and possible military aggression,
“The Ukrainian Parliament must give its approval to this decision in the next 48 hours”declared the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksii Danilov.
Thanks to this mechanism, the authorities will be able to “increase the protection” of public order and that of strategic infrastructures, “limit circulation, intensify the verification of vehicles and documents of individuals”Danilov explained.
Is about “Preventive measures to preserve calm in the country, so that the economy continues to function”, he added. “It will have no impact on our daily life”guaranteed.
Shortly before, Ukraine announced the mobilization of its reservists and He called on citizens to immediately leave Russia.
The threat of military intervention by Russia continues to grow as President Vladimir Putin insists that the guarantees he has demanded in terms of security have not been heard by western countries.
These announcements are the latest chapter in the escalation of tensions between Ukraine and Russiawhich constitutes the worst geopolitical crisis in Europe since the end of the Cold War.
for weeks, Russia deployed some 150,000 soldiers on the border with Ukraine and the Monday recognized the independence of two breakaway territories in eastern Ukraine: the self-proclaimed ‘republics’ of Donetsk and Lugansk. This fueled accusations that it is preparing a large-scale attack against the neighboring country.
This Wednesday, on the front line fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatists continued.
“They started shooting harder”told the AFP Dmitri Maksimenko a miner from the small town of Krasnogórivka, located near the front.
The man claimed to be “shocked” by the news that Russia recognized the independence of the separatists. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but honestly, I’m a little scared”he admitted.
The Luhansk separatists announced on Wednesday the death of a combatant, hit by a Ukrainian sniper’s shot, according to them. According to the rebels, a civilian was also killed in a bombardment.
On Tuesday, the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskywho called for “arms” and guarantees on accession to the European Union, also mentioned the possibility of breaking diplomatic relations with Moscow.
In Russia, Putin, despite the cascade of sanctions announced the day before by the Westerners, promised that he will not give in to his demands and affirmed “the interests and security” of its citizens They are not negotiable.
The president spoke in a brief speech televised by the Defender of the Fatherland Day in which he said, however, to be “open to direct dialogue” with Western countriesbut always demanding that Ukraine never be admitted to NATO.
Fear of a military escalation at the gates of the European Union (EU) has continued to grow since Putin on Monday recognized the independence of two breakaway territories in eastern Ukraine and The Russian Parliament later approved the agreements that frame this declaration and that translate into various commitments with these pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels.
This text provides dispatching a “peacekeeping” force to these territories that are part of Ukraine, which gives a green light for a possible military operation.
(With information from AFP)
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