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Putin decrees 'martial law' in illegally annexed territories of Ukraine

By Robyn Dixon

19 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Vladimir Putin's decision to step up efforts to achieve his military objectives comes as Russian forces lose ground in the illegally annexed territories.

Russian President Vladimir Putin imposed martial law Wednesday in Ukrainian territories that Moscow illegally claimed to annex last month, signaling an intensifying effort to achieve its war objectives. The decree opens another dark and uncertain chapter for thousands of Ukrainians living under Russian military occupation.

Martial law, which takes effect at midnight, imposes strict military controls over the occupied areas of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia and bestows broad powers of arrest and detention on Russia's military and proxy authorities.

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