Zelensky proposes to declare state of emergency on Feb. 24

23 February 2022, 07:30 PM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed an executive order that would declare a state of emergency in all of Ukraine, except Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, on Feb. 24, according to the parliament’s website. 

The Verkhovna Rada – Ukraine’s parliament – is expected to approve the directive on Feb. 23.

The state of emergency would entail the following measures:

·       Regional travel restrictions, if necessary.

·       Restrictions on, and inspections of personal vehicles, if necessary.

·       Heightened security around objects of critical infrastructure.

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·       A ban on mass gatherings of people, and of strikes.

·       Evacuation and temporary resettlement of people living in hazardous and insecure areas.

·       Introduction of curfews, if necessary.

·       Inspections and searches of individuals, their belongings, and dwellings, if necessary.

·       A ban on the production and dissemination of content that could destabilize the country.

·       Media controls.

·       A special regime of operation for communication and computer networks, if necessary.

·       A ban on certain political parties and movements, in the interests of national security.

According to established procedure, a state of emergency is first proposed by the president and then confirmed by parliament. The president can unilaterally extend its duration, but for no more than 30 days.

This request has been made amid a significant escalation of Russian aggression against Ukraine in recent days, including intensified shelling against Ukrainian positions in the conflict zone in Ukraine’s Donbas region, the recognition of puppet authorities by the Russian Federation, the invasion of Russian troops into non-government controlled Ukrainian territory, and the authorization of Russian troop deployments abroad by the Russian parliament.

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