Russia restricts internet, bans public gatherings and strikes in Ukraine

In a recent development, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, has imposed a regime of military censorship and a ban on public gatherings and strikes. This move comes as fierce fighting continues in the region, which has been a source of conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

According to Russian state media, Pushilin's decree includes military censorship on mail, internet communications, and phone conversations. Additionally, it prohibits public gatherings that have not received prior approval from military authorities. Civilians are also banned from going outside during the night on weekdays between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. Furthermore, workers are not permitted to go on strike.

The timing of this order coincides with clashes between Ukrainian and Russian forces along the borders of Donetsk. Russia annexed the region last year, a move that was widely criticized and deemed illegal. The conflict has since escalated, with both sides engaged in offensive operations.

On Saturday, Russia's Ministry of Defense reported repelling five Ukrainian attacks near the Zaporizhzhia Oblast in western Donetsk. Ukraine, on the other hand, has launched offensive operations around Bakhmut, which was seized by Russia earlier this year. Ukrainian officials claim that these operations are aimed at containing Russian troops and preventing them from joining operations elsewhere.

This latest development raises concerns about the impact on freedom of expression and civil liberties in the region. The ban on public gatherings and strikes, as well as the imposition of military censorship on communication channels, limit the ability of individuals to express dissenting views and organize peaceful protests. Additionally, the curfew imposed on civilians restricts their freedom of movement during certain hours of the night.

As the conflict in Donetsk continues, it remains to be seen how these measures will affect the situation on the ground and the ongoing negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. The international community will be closely monitoring developments and assessing the implications for regional stability and human rights.


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