Russia imposes martial law on the annexed territories and orders the evacuation of Kherson
After a few days in which Russia has blurred the front lines with kamikaze drone attacks in different parts of the territory of Ukraine and has besieged its energy facilities, it seems that the conflict is going to have a clear and defined focus on Kherson, southern city on the shores of the Black Sea and the Dnieper River. The pro-Russian authorities of the region began this Wednesday the evacuation of this enclave before the advance of the Ukrainian troops and the possible beginning of a a great battle that the kyiv Army is also beginning to take for granted. These developments on the front are added to the declaration, this very Wednesday, of martial lawin the Ukrainian regions annexed by Moscow; at the end of September: Kherson itself, Zaporiyia, Donetsk and Lugansk.
The announcement of the imposition under martial law he did it. the Russian president himself, Vladímir Putin, during a meeting of the Security Council. As explained by Putin, this measure is limited to formalizing a situation that already exists de facto. And accused The kyiv government for not recognizing the democratic expression of the citizens of the four regions, referring to the illegal referendums, and for refusing to negotiate, reports Interfax. At the same meeting he defended the need to maintain this conflict and to win it: “We are working on solving something very complex, these are large-scale tasks to ensure a good future for Russia and for our people“.
The decree published this Wednesday by the Kremlin calls for an “economic mobilization” in the eight border regions with Ukraine, including Crimea, which Russia annexed. illegally in 2014. In addition, the Russian president has granted special powersThe governors of the approximately 80 federal subjects of Russia, so that they can protect key infrastructure, maintain public order and increase production to supply the Russian Army. “Our soldiers, no matter what Whatever tasks they do, they must be well provisioned, with everything they need. This includes equipment for the barracks and transportation, living conditions, military and medical equipment, and food,” he said. Putin. This Wednesday, Senator Lyudmila Narusova denounced that the mobilized themselves are “buying their bulletproof vests”, spending an average of 135,000 rubles -2,235 euros -, a price close to their monthly salary. He also noted that prices have risen approximately “20 times”, previously they only cost the equivalent of 115 euros. They began to urge the population to leave the area as soon as possible. The governor of the region, Vladimir Saldo, affirmed that that Russian forces plan to take between 50,000 and 60,000 people to occupied territories across the Dnieper River and to Russia. Likewise, entry into the Russian-controlled territories of this homonymous region is prohibited for civilians “for seven days.”
“As of today, all the power structures that are in the city, the civil and military administration and all the ministries, are also moving to the left bank” of the Dnieper River, which borders Jersó. n, he indicated. Balance in declarations to the state television channel Rossiya-24. The pro-Russian governor also assured that the Kremlin troops “will fight to the death“. The deputy governor of Kherson, Kiril Stremoúsov, assured that the Ukrainian Army has already gone on the offensive and is about 90 kilometers from the capital.
For his part, the governor of Mykolaiev, Vitali Kim, an ally of kyiv, accused ; He told the Russian troops to prepare to bomb Kherson themselves that it is the occupying forces that have begun to prepare the area for future combat, reports the UNIAN agency. Ukrainian forces have liberated 75 towns in the north and northeast of the southern province or more than 1,200 square kilometers in recent weeks, according to recent data from Ukraine's Southern Command.