DONETSK, October 19. /TASS/. Martial law has been imposed to protect people in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Speaker of the DPR People’s Council Vladimir Bidyovka wrote on his Telegram channel on Wednesday.
"In his speech on September 30, Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin stressed the importance of providing security for citizens in the new regions of the Russian Federation. The measures taken by the president today are aimed precisely at achieving this goal. It is a serious strategic decision, which is designed to provide security for the civilian population and help our soldiers perform all the tasks of the special military operation as soon as possible," Bidyovka said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the Security Council, held via video conference, that he had signed a decree introducing martial law in Russia’s four new regions. Under the Russian Constitution, in the event of aggression against Russia or an imminent threat of aggression, the president can declare martial law nationwide or in certain areas, immediately notifying both houses of Russia’s parliament (the Federation Council and the State Duma).