By Sasha Kinskey, The Chicago Times
October 19, 2022
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin declared martial law on Wednesday in the four annexed regions of Ukraine.
Putin’s declaration takes effect Thursday and gives regional law enforcement agencies three days to submit specific proposals and the creation of territorial defense forces in the annexed regions of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia.
The upper house of Russia’s parliament is expected to rubber stamp Putin’s declaration of martial law which will most likely impose travel restrictions, censorship, public gatherings, and unchecked authority for law enforcement. There has been talk that martial law could also be coming to the Russian homeland as dissent grows over Putin’s recent military conscription decree and overall failure in conducting the “special operations” against Ukraine.
A weakened and humiliated Putin recently ordered the conscription of 300,000 military reservists to bolster his defeated military in Ukraine. Russian forces have been put through the meat grinder in Ukraine and some estimates place Russian losses at 50,000 to 70,000 soldiers.