Ukrainian parliament approves state of emergency amid tensions in Russia

Lawmakers in Ukraine have approved a nationwide state of emergency amid fears of an all-out Russian invasion.

The parliament approved the decree of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, which imposes the measure for 30 days from Thursday.

The state of emergency allows authorities to impose restrictions on movement, block gatherings and ban political parties and organizations in the interests of national security and public order.

The decision follows Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision Monday to recognize the independence of rebel regions in eastern Ukraine, where the nearly eight-year conflict has left more than 14,000 dead.

Putin has sanctioned the deployment of Russian troops there to maintain the peace and has received parliamentary approval to use military force outside the country.

Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly expressed concern that Russia could attempt to destabilize the country by relying on Moscow supporters in the country, including a pro-Russian political party represented in parliament.

The document also bans information material that could destabilize the situation in the country, and gives the government the right to impose a curfew and carry out checks.

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