Ukraine’s security council on Wednesday accepted plans to announce a state of national emergency, in reaction to the rising threat of a Kremlin invasion. The step, which should be formally validated by parliament, needs stepped-up document and vehicle checks, among other criteria, the council’s secretary Oleksiy Danilov announced.
Danilov asserted he would give a report to Ukraine’s parliament later on Wednesday, with lawmakers foreseen to accept the added security sums this week. They would involve all parts of Ukraine except for its two Russian-backed eastern separatist provinces, where a destructive rebellion that has claimed more than 14,000 lives set off in 2014.
Danilov announced that each of Ukraine’s regions would be prepared to select which particular criteria to apply, “depending on how necessary they might be. What could it be? This could be enlarged to the enforcement of civil order,” Danilov announced.
“This could involve limiting certain types of transport, high vehicle checks, or inquiring people to show this or that document,” he added, calling it a “preventive” measure.
Danilov also let out that Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had not talked over the growth of nuclear weapons, something Vladimir Putin has posed a strategic threat for Russia.
The announcement came one day after Russia’s Federation Council consented to President Vladimir Putin the power to deploy Russian military forces out of its land. The U.S., EU and their allies are hitting Russia with embargoes in reaction to Putin’s decision to recognize two Ukrainian territories as independent republics — and to bring troops there.