The decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the imposition of “martial law” in the temporarily occupied territories is another crime of the Russian leadership against the Ukrainian state and Ukrainians.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said this in a statement, Ukrinform reports.

It is stressed that the Russian Federation has started a new stage of terror on the temporary occupied territories of Ukraine.

“The announcement of the so-called “martial law” by the Russian Federation aims to suppress the resistance of the residents of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, who oppose the Russian occupation. Even massive Russian propaganda is unable to disguise the failure of Russia’s efforts to annex Ukrainian territories,” the statement reads.

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The ministry stated that Putin’s decree is null and void. It has no legal consequences for Ukraine and its citizens, as well as for the international community. Instead, such a step is just another example of the crimes of the Russian leadership against the Ukrainian state and Ukrainians.

“Despite the agony of the regime in the Kremlin, Ukraine will continue liberating occupied territories and rescuing its people,” the statement reads.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs called on international partners to strongly condemn the intention of the Russian occupation administrations under the guise of the so-called “martial law” to deprive residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine of even basic human rights, as well as to condemn their illegal plans to legalize looting, forced deportations and mobilization.

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“We also appeal to provide Ukraine with modern anti-missile and anti-air defense systems as soon as possible to protect our civilian population from Russia’s barbaric missile and kamikaze drone attacks,” the statement reads.

As reported, on October 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree declaring “martial law” in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine – the puppet “DPR” and “LPR” and captured parts of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, as well as a decree on the measures taken in connection with this.

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