“Please stay at home,” Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelenski asked his citizens this Thursday morning in a message recorded from a laptop camera after the start of the war unleashed by Moscow. Hours earlier, in a televised speech, he had said that Russia’s attack could be the start of “a great war across Europe”.
“We are working, the Ukrainian army is working,” Zelenski said, while calling for “calm” and not to panic. ” Tonight I tried to talk, without success, with the president of Russia. The result was silence,” he added.
In parallel, the Verkhovna Rada or Parliament of Ukraine today approved the introduction of the state of emergency decreed by the president, Volodymir Zelensky, in the face of the worsening situation in the east of the country and the Russian military threat.
The extraordinary measure, applicable throughout the country, except in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, which has been under a political-military administration since 2014, was adopted with the votes of 335 deputies from 339 present.
Zelensky’s decree states that the state of emergency will enter into force from midnight on February 24 for a period of 30 days in 22 regions of Ukraine (all except Donetsk and Lugansk) and its capital Kiev, publishes EFE.
The heads of the regional administrations in Kiev must set up operational offices to coordinate actions for the implementation of the state of emergency and guarantee its legal regime.
The state of emergency provides for the prohibition of mass gatherings and strikes, the change of address of military and reservists, the operation of amateur radio equipment, as well as the preparation of information materials that may destabilize the situation in the country.