It was cut, so as not to coincide with the beginning of the presidential campaign.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the introduction of martial law in the country because of the conflict with Russia in the Kerch Strait, 276 deputies voted for the decision. Live broadcast led Channel Five.
Martial law will operate in areas bordering Russia and Transnistria.
Thus, parliamentarians approved the decree of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, signed on November 26. In a televised speech, the head of state clarified that he had proposed the Rada to impose martial law for 30 days, and not 60, as previously reported, so that it would not superimpose the beginning of the presidential election campaign. Martial law in Ukraine will take effect from 09:00 (10:00 Moscow time) on November 28.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Martial law does not mean a declaration of war. It is introduced solely for the purpose of strengthening the defense of Ukraine against the background of growing aggressiveness on the part of Russia.[/perfectpullquote]
Poroshenko also signed another decree on the introduction of martial law in the country. The document, unlike the previous one, mentions possible restrictions on constitutional rights, including freedom of speech, the right to the inviolability of housing, the right to property, the right to assemble and strike.
On November 25, Russian border guards fired upon and detained three Ukrainian warships because, according to the FSB, they invaded Russia’s territorial waters. Ukraine denies the charges and calls them a provocation. During the shelling, three to six people were injured. Ships delivered to the port in Kerch.
Ukrainian ships were heading from Odessa to Mariupol, but they did not let them through the Kerch Strait. The Ukrainian side claims that it notified the Russian border guards in advance of its arrival, but Russia denies this.