Ukraine’s parliament approves state of emergency
On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, the Ukrainian parliament approved the declaration of a state of emergency across Ukraine except for the two eastern regions, where it has been in force since 2014.
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President Volodymyr Zelensky proposed the introduction of the first nationwide state of emergency on Wednesday, as the country prepares for a possible large-scale military strike from Russia.
The move follows Russian President Vladimir Putin’s move on Monday to recognize the independence of two rebel regions in eastern Ukraine, where more than 14,000 people have died in nearly eight years of conflict with pro-Russian rebels. Putin has approved the deployment of Russian troops there to “keep the peace” and has obtained parliamentary approval to use military force outside the country.
Ukrainian officials have repeatedly expressed concern that Russia may attempt to destabilize Ukraine by relying on Moscow supporters inside the country, including a pro-Russian political party in parliament.