“President Putin annexed these areas claiming that there were people in these areas They desperately sought shelter of the Ukrainian government that wanted to join Mother Russia,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.
“Now Putin is proving a lie by declaring martial law,” he said.
Putin imposed martial law on Wednesday in four Ukrainian territories he ordered annexed to Russia: Donetsk and Luhansk in the east and Zaporizhia and Kherson in the south.
Russian authorities could strengthen the military’s authority in these areas, enforce curfews, restrict movement and ban public gatherings.
Martial law: Joe Biden accuses Vladimir Putin of being cruel to Ukraine
“I believe so Vladimir Putin Incredibly difficult. It seems, in my opinion, what it (proclamation of martial law) represents The only tool left to him is brutalizing the citizens of Ukraine Try to intimidate them into surrender. But they are not going to do that.”
(With information from AFP)
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