Ukraine to Declare Nationwide State of Emergency as Fears of War Rise

The security council of Ukraine approved plans to declare a state of national emergency on Wednesday in response to the growing threat of a Russian invasion.

“This could be added enforcement of public order,” the council’s secretary Oleksiy Danilov said

“This could involve limiting certain types of transport, increased vehicle checks, or asking people to show this or that document,” Danilov added, calling it a “preventive” measure.

Danilov said he would deliver a report to Ukraine’s parliament for politicians to approve the added security measures this week, which would apply to all parts of Ukraine except for its two Russian-backed eastern separatist regions, Donetsk and Luhansk.

The state of emergency would last for 30 days and can be extended for another 30 days.

Meanwhile, the TASS news agency reported that Russia has begun evacuating personnel from all its diplomatic facilities in Ukraine.

Russia also has consulates in Kharkiv, Odesa, and Lviv.


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