Ukraine declares nationwide state of emergency
Ukraine is to declare a nationwide state of emergency after Russia recognised the independence of two separatist-controlled territories in the east of the country and said it was deploying troops there.
The measure, which does not include the crisis-hit Donetsk and Luhansk regions, would last for 30 days but can be extended.
It came as Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, said a “full-scale invasion” of Ukraine was “likely” to take place within 24 hours. Mr Morrison, who has announced fresh sanctions against the Kremlin, said Russian forces were now at “peak readiness to complete a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and that is likely to occur within the next 24 hours.”
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