MOSCOW, October 19. /TASS/. The operation of checkpoints and law enforcement will be enhanced in the Zaporozhye Region after martial law comes into force, Acting Governor of the Zaporozhye Region Yevgeny Balitsky wrote on his Telegram channel on Wednesday.
"We will strengthen public order enforcement, public security, the protection of energy facilities as well as major hazard installations, and will enhance the operation of checkpoints," he said.
Balitsky pointed out that the current security precautions will be tightened in the region and the curfew will still be in effect. In addition, entertaining and cultural events will be cancelled during martial law.
The acting governor hailed the decision imposing martial law as a timely one, since "the Zaporozhye Region is prone to daily provocations and destabilization attempts from the neighboring Ukrainian territories."
Earlier on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree introducing martial law in Russia’s four new regions - the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Lugansk People’s Republic, the Zaporozhye and Kherson 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). The goal of martial law is to create conditions for repelling or deterring aggression. Martial law has not been declared in Russia since 1991.