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Ukraine's military court is concerned about Russian attack

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By Renee Hickman

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine – Larysa Spitsyna was shocked and confused when she learned her city

“As a psychologist, I know that the most important thing that bother us is uncertainty,” said Spitsyna, 54, who teaches at a local university.

It was just such a feeling that sweep carefully Zaporizhzhia last week.

The city is located in one of the regions where the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko introduced warfare, an answer to Russian ships who rammed, shot and then put three shipping vessels in the Black Sea. [19659012] In Ukraine, the military allows the recruitment of private property, mobilizing civilians, prohibiting mass meetings and stop selling alcohol. Poroshenko said it was necessary in response to “an aggressive action”, claiming that Russia gathered thoughts at its border. Days after the sea bond also announced Moscow that an additional S-400 air missile missile system was introduced to the Crimea, the peninsula annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

But a week later, there have been few signs of something unusual in Zaporizhzhia, an industrial city in the southeastern country known as for its steel production.

When she was initially concerned, Spitsyna said she was confident that university officials said the business would continue as usual. She voted for Poroshenko during the last election in 2014 and supports the president’s decision now.

Larysa Spitsyna. Renee Hickman / for NBC News

“I think this action is one way we can get more security at a moment,” she said. “I think it will improve Poroshenkos ratings”.

Not everyone agrees with the move – or feels so calm.

In 2014, Russian-backed separatists began to fight Ukrainian government troops in a conflict that has been wrinkled for more than four years, claiming more than 10,000 lives. The rebel-controlled area is just 100 miles from Zaporizhzhia.

The same year, about 120 miles south of the city, attached Russian forces to the Crimea, a feature that is considered illegal by the United States and most other Western countries. [19659009] Then, in the height of Ukraine’s crisis, the newly elected Poroshenko declared no war. Why do it now, does Evgenia Ivanova ask?

“Every day, we were afraid that [Russian tanks] could move to Zaporizhzhia and drive on our main street,” says Ivanova, who works on a travel agency. “Why was war law not introduced in these times?”

Some critics have done the same thing and claimed that Poroshenko did not introduce warfare in 2014 because it did not suit him politically. Last week, he announced that the flight would be used around the country for 60 days.

The parliament of Ukraine restricted itself to a power take-off and limited it to 30 days and only in neighboring countries bordering on Russia or Trans-Dniester, a Moldadian interrupt republic where Russian forces are based.

Now that this is the case, the wars court influences Ivanova’s business. Customers call to ask if their flights from the country could be interrupted. But many other people here are incredible, desensitized by years living so close to the conflict, according to Ivanova.

“It’s not so scary for us now,” she said. “Many people thought there would be some escalation in the situation with Russia, but we just did not know what form it would take.”

Evgenia Ivanova. Renee Hickman / for NBC News

When Bogdan Kalugin, 19, first heard of war’s rights from his brother, said he immediately started scrubbing social media.

“I saw that there were house-to-house searches and the military could come to your apartment and seize your property,” he said.

Kalugin says he has not heard any reports about property seizures or actually any changes on the ground at all. But with elections approaching, he says he is still concerned about the parts of the law that can limit political gatherings and mass meetings.

“I think the situation was happening and now Poroshenko is trying to get as much use of it as possible,” he said. “It seems to me that escalation of conflict is not beneficial to any page. It’s more beneficial for [Russia and Ukraine] to keep it frozen.”

Families enjoy a snowy day near the Dnieper River in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. A statue of Lenin once looked over the river and hydroelectric power plant, but since then it has been replaced by a cossack representation, which many Ukrainians consider to be a patriotic symbol. Renee Hickman / for NBC News

Another resident of the city, Evgeniy Dzyga, also thinks of his future.

Dzyga, 45, an actor at the city’s theater as prepping for a role as Santa Claus in a Christmas theme for children. He is also a military reserve and veteran of the war in eastern Ukraine.

He says he has prepared to be called for active service.

Dzyga supports both combats and Poroshenko, saying if any war should have been introduced earlier.

“I think there will not be a major invasion,” he said, “because warfare was introduced to let our enemies know that we are ready.”

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