Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Lithuania's Defense Ministry: Russia may introduce martial law after sham referendums in Ukraine

by The Kyiv Independent news deskSeptember 26, 2022 5:19 pm
Share

Russia may impose martial law in its border regions after pseudo-referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine to stop Russian men from leaving the country, LRT reported on Sept. 26, citing Lithuania's Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas. 

The day before, Russian news outlet Meduza also reported that Russia might close the borders for draft-age men on Sept. 27-28, when Russia's proxies reportedly plan to announce the results of pseudo-referendums on joining Russia in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts. The sham referendums started in these oblasts on Sept. 23.

On Sept. 24, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielus Landsbergis said that his country would not grant asylum to Russian men fleeing mobilization.

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared mobilization in a pre-recorded video address on Sept. 21.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with the German newspaper Bild that Putin's order to mobilize additional troops was expected and points to Russia's shortage of officers and other military personnel. "We already know they mobilized cadets, guys who couldn't fight. These cadets have fallen. They couldn't even finish their training. All these people cannot fight," said Zelensky.

The Kyiv Independent news desk
The Kyiv Independent news desk

We are here to make sure our readers get quick, essential updates about the events in Ukraine.

Give the gift of democracy
this Giving Tuesday
Become a member of the Kyiv Independent. For as little as $5 per month, you can help ensure the Kyiv Independent continues to produce quality journalism in 2023.
visamasterCardpaypal