Martial law displaces thousands of civilians

Civilians began evacuating four regions in Ukraine after the destruction began. The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine began last February. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Civilians began evacuating four regions in Ukraine after the destruction began. The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine began last February. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Orlyanka Tantchou, Co-editor-in-chief

Russia’s invasion of Ukrainian territory prompted by prior conflicts may have begun on February 24, 2022, but continues and has intensified in recent months.

The invasion has impacted millions of lives with over 14,000 deaths, and millions being displaced for fleeing their home country and families.

The impact of the war has expanded outside those two nations and created global inflation in energy and food prices. 

As the war progressed, Russian president, Vladimir Putin’s tactics became more severe and mirrored actions last scene during World War II ad the Nazi regime;

He refuses to acknowledge the war he is forcing onto the Ukrainian people and views Ukraine as an extension of Russia that must be re-integrated as one nation.

After losing over 2,000 tanks in the war, Putin issued martial law in four Ukrainian territories that Russian forces invaded and annexed as part of the Russian Federation (Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia).

Not only does the marital law expand Russia’s military power, but controls civilian curfew, and property, and requires manual labor to reconstruct Ukrainian cities from damage.

Martial law gives an opposing force, like Russia, military control to enforce curfews, restrict citizens’ private property, monitor internet searches, and basically limit freedoms provided by civil law.

Further restrictions include the ban on protesting, travel ban to Ukrainian territory, and detention of those who disrespect the new law.

President Joe Biden said, “Vladimir Putin finds himself in an incredibly difficult position, and what it reflects is it seems his only tool available to him is to brutalize individual citizens in Ukraine … to try to intimidate them into capitulating. 

They’re not going to do that.”

The Russian government ordered that Ukrainians who lived in Kherson evacuate to Russia to receive housing compensation and banned travel back into the region.

The city of Kherson believes that Russia wants to use these civilians as a coverup by displacing them from their homeland.

Putin stated that security will be amped up in Crimea, Belgorod, Kursk, and Krasnodar to mobilize the economy and expand Russian authorities. 

Russian forces burned down 30% of Ukrainian power stations by launching missiles at their energy plants, which created blackouts for multiple cities.

Leaders of NATO discussed the dangers of future attacks with Russia’s new missile supply, ending with French President, Emmanuel Macon agreeing to supply Ukraine with aerial protection.

Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky said, “Russia’s alleged use of Iranian drones from Tehran shows it is militarily and politically bankrupt.”

Evidence shows Iran supplied Russia with drones, despite the United States support for Ukraine.

In addition, the Crimean Bridge was damaged in a bomb explosion by Ukrainian forces on October 8, 2022.

Five Russians and three Ukrainians were arrested upon their involvement, the attack killing three people.

This bridge connected Russia to Crimea, which was previously annexed by Russia. 

During battles, Russia used this bridge to supply military equipment, now Russian forces must reroute their supplies and troops through the Kerch Strait by boat, which is not time efficient.

The Russian-Ukrainian war continues to escalate in attacks, and continued impacts stretch to the world.


Information courtesy of The Washington Post and BBC News.