Putin declares martial law in all annexed Ukrainian regions in desperate bid for control

The “additional measures” could include, but not be limited to, sweeping censorship and wartime economic restrictions on things like “the free flow of goods, services, and funds,” according to existing law.

In a televised speech, Putin told the Russian Government to set up a new coordinating council under Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to work with Russia’s regions to boost the war effort in Ukraine.

The move comes after a series of significant and humiliating defeats for the Russian Federation as the Ukrainian forces carried out a blistering counter-offensive at the start of September, which included re-taking large swathes of annexed Kherson.

Putin said the measures he was ordering would increase the stability of the economy, industry and production in support of what Russia calls its “special military operation”.

source: express.co.uk