The Kremlin said there are no plans to introduce martial law in Russia

The Kremlin is not talking about imposing martial law across Russia after a drone attack on Moscow, said Russian president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“No decisions have been made on this matter and there are no talks on this matter,” Peskov said (quoted by Interfax).

The day before, Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov called for martial law in Russia, as the Ukrainian authorities “take decisions that increasingly leave no doubt that they are using terrorist methods.”

Moscow must strike to kill “so that the rest don’t even think badly of Russia,” Kadyrov said. “Measures to respond to such attempted attacks should not be difficult – they should be cruel,” Kadyrov concluded.

In modern Russian history, martial law has never been declared. Such a regime is introduced only in the event of an external threat or aggression against the state. Aggression is the invasion or attack of foreign troops, the incursion of armed groups, the blockade of ports or coasts, and the permission of another state to use its territory for attack.

Martial law is introduced by decree of the President of the Russian Federation, after which the Federation Council must approve this decision within 48 hours. The regime can be established both nationwide and in individual regions. Currently, it operates in the annexed regions of Ukraine: in the Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions.

On May 30, more than two dozen drones attacked Moscow. During the attack, three drones crashed into multi-story apartment buildings. The residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Novo-Ogaryovo and the elite residences of people from his entourage in Rublevka were also under fire. The Ministry of Defense classified the raid as a “terrorist attack” and the Investigative Committee launched a criminal investigation into the attack.

Putin also commented on the drone attack, seeing it as “intimidation tactics” and “signs of terrorist activity.” According to him, Ukraine is trying to “provoke a reaction from Russia” in this way. “They provoke us to reflect actions. Let’s see what to do with it,” Putin said.


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