On 23 February 2022, the National Security and Defense Council called for a countrywide state of emergency — with the exception of the Russia-backed separatist regions Donetsk and Luhansk, which have been under a state of emergency since 2014 — to be imposed within 48 hours following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order to deploy troops to the separatist regions in southeastern Ukraine. The Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) is now expected to vote on the decision. The state of emergency will initially last for 30 days following parliamentary ratification and can be extended for an additional 30 days, depending on the overall security situation in the country. Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy began conscription of military reservists ages 18 to 60 for a maximum period of up to one year. However, Zelenskyy has ruled out a general mobilization at this time.