Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko proposed to bring in 30-days of martial law starting on November 28 as he made a statement on the approval of the Decree on the introduction of martial law in Ukraine on Monday in Kiev.
Poroshenko explained the reason for introducing martial law by Russia’s “demonstrative attack on the detachment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces” in the Azov Sea.
He also presented a document by Ukrainian reconnaissance suggesting a possible invasion of Ukraine from Russia, citing intel indicating Russian forces were near the Ukrainian border ‘ready at any moment.’
He said that the martial law proposal sets out “various military activities” and the tightening of security.
Despite the recommendation by Ukraine’s National Security Council to introduce 60-days of martial law, Poroshenko decided to reduce this period by half so that is does not “overlap with the beginning of the election campaign by a single day.”
According to Ukrainian authorities, their vessels had a right to pass freely over the Kerch Strait based on international law. The Command of the Naval Forces of Ukraine placed the blame on the Russian side for “its aggressive essence.”
Moscow says it was not given advanced warning and the FSB initiated a criminal case against the crew of the Ukrainian vessels – which include missile boat Nikopol, the Gurza-class boat Berdyansk and the tugboat Yani Kapu – “for illegal trespassing of the state border.”
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