Ukraine parliament approves state of emergency as reserves called up
Ukraine’s parliament approved a call by President Volodymyr Zelensky to declare a state of emergency in the country late on Wednesday, with a majority 335 MPs voting in favour.
“We put off this decision for a long time,” the national security chief Oleksiy Danilov said, “ . . . the situation is complicated but under control.” He added that the Russian threat would be greater if the domestic ‘destabilisation’ pursued by Moscow were allowed to be a factor.
The government earlier told its citizens to leave Russia, amid growing signs that Ukraine was veering closer to a full-blown war with its northern neighbour.