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Martial law in new Russian regions won’t affect cross-country travel, MP vows

"Martial law won’t affect travel to and among Russian regions," Viktor Volodatsky said, giving no details if this would affect travel overseas

MOSCOW, October 19. /TASS/. The introduction of martial law in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and in the Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions won’t affect the public’s travel throughout the Russian Federation, Viktor Volodatsky, first deputy chairman of Russia’s State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, told TASS.

"Martial law won’t affect travel throughout Russia's regions," the legislator said, giving no details if this would affect travel overseas.

The lawmaker noted that relocating residents of the DPR, LPR and the Zaporozhye Regions is not in the cards, except for the Kherson Region, where it is already underway.

"There will be no evacuations, except for the Kherson Region. The acting governor of the Kherson Region has said it’s necessary to move people away from the zone of military clashes to Russian regions to make sure they are safe. That’s because the Nazis and mercenaries who are waging war on the other side don’t care much whether it’s a child, an elderly man or a woman: They kill indiscriminately. So, it’s for their safety that this operation is being conducted today to relocate civilians from the territories that are the hardest hit from the bombardment by Ukrainian fascists," the lawmaker elaborated.

Earlier on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he signed a decree on imposing martial law in four new regions of Russia. This was announced at the Security Council’s meeting held via video link. The Russian Constitution stipulates that in the event of aggression against Russia or a direct threat of aggression, the president is empowered to impose martial law in Russia or some of its regions and must immediately inform the Federation Council and the State Duma.