Ukraine’s national Security Council has decided that a state of emergency will be declared in the country.
Following a meeting of the council, top security official Oleksiy Danilov said the state of emergency would be imposed all regions except Donetsk and Luhansk, where Ukrainian forces are already at war with Russian-backed separatists.
He said it would last 30 days initially. However, the move must be approved by the Ukrainian parliament.
Officials say the declaration of emergency will all be about maintaining calm and allowing the economy to continue to function, but also say measures will include vehicle inspections, restrictions on transport and public order protection.
Meanwhile later today, international attention over Ukraine will be focused on the UN General Assembly, which is meeting in New York.
The Assembly will debate “the situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine”, following Russia’s recognition of two breakaway states.
It’s a plenary session, meaning all members are able to attend.