Maria Zolkina, head of the "Regional security and conflict research" department of the Ilko Kucheriv Foundation for Democratic Initiatives, believes that there are several reasons for Kremlin dictator


's introduction of "martial law" in the temporarily occupied parts of Ukrainian regions.

She said this in an interview with

"It seems to me that there are several reasons why this was done. First, there is a purely technical, practical reason to stop playing any political games designed by the occupying administrations by political theater around fake referendums, and practically, technically, to introduce a military regime in the plan management of these territories is already without any decorations, without even a single propaganda image. We all actually understood in Ukraine what is happening there, that everything is under the rule of the occupying forces, but now even from the point of view of Russian legislation, they justify the complete military lawlessness that is happening there and will happen," she said.

Kucherova explained what this "martial law" refers to.

"What does this concern? First, the expropriation of property. Second, those restrictions on movement that have already been introduced since the summer. Since the summer, it was not possible to leave the territory under the control of Ukraine due to the prohibition of the Russian side. In the Zaporizhzhia region, for example, until the last time, literally one checkpoint was functioning there, because Russia closed all the others, and even then it was impossible to pass through it calmly. It had to endure something much worse than filtering. Russia did everything to enter the territory under the control of Ukraine for several months the population could not leave, and anyone who planned to leave the occupied territory had a chance only through the occupied Crimea, then to Russia, and then our people left to Georgia, Latvia, Estonia," the analyst says.

According to her, now the restrictions will become stricter.

"There were already restrictions, but now they are becoming stricter. These will be restrictions on movement not only between the occupied territory and those controlled by Ukraine, but also within the occupied territories, within settlements, regions. These will be checks, some new roadblocks. Maybe they will introduce some kind of curfew with the impossibility of going outside the village, this practice was already in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. This movement, this expropriation of property, this decision-making exclusively by the military without regard to these fake occupation administrations. This is necessary from the technical side for this," said Kucherova.

The occupiers are trying to change the focus of attention from a possible retreat in the Kherson direction, she believes.

"From the political side, this is necessary in order to change the focus of attention from the possible retreat of Russian troops from the right bank of the Dnipro River, since they are actually logistically blocked there. Russia cannot support this group, and in light of the advance of the Armed Forces, the Russians will have to gather from there, cross over to the left bank of the Dnieper. Politically, it is now advantageous for them to deploy this deportation, to change the focus of attention, and somehow in the coming weeks the withdrawal of Russian troops from the right bank of the Dnieper will be met with a less acute reaction," the analyst emphasized.

Putin declared "martial law" on the territory of Ukraine

On October 19, dictator Vladimir Putin announced the 

introduction of "martial law" 

in part of the occupied Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions.

Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President's Office, 

believes that Putin's actions

- this is the legalization of looting on the territory of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian 

Foreign Ministry called Putin's decree null and void. 

They emphasized that the goal of the occupiers is to suppress Ukrainian resistance.

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