What is martial law and why is Putin imposing it in Ukraine?

What is martial law and why is Putin imposing it in Ukraine?

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered martial law in four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine on October 19.

Putin imposed existing military-law regimes in Ukraine’s Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.

These regions were annexed by his military last month and he prefers that they are in line with Russian law.

Additionally, he imposed higher security in 6 regions of Russia near the Ukraine border, as well as Crimea, which he annexed in 2014.

The new rules impose limits on movement in and out of the regions.

They allow local authorities to relocate civilians away from combat zones and give increased powers to military officials.

A spokesperson dismissed Putin's declaration calling it a "pseudo-legalization of looting of Ukrainians’ property".

It is reported that Ukraine suffered close to $1 trillion in damages due to the ongoing war.