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Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council to gather on session on Wednesday

The participants will discuss the end of the martial law in ten regions of Ukraine
10:54, 26 December 2018

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Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council will gather on session on Wednesday, December 26. Ukrainska Pravda outlet reports that with the reference to its own sources in the Presidential Administration.

'The session is planned for 2 p.m. today. The live broadcast will be available', reads the message.

Earlier, we reported that the legal regime of martial law in ten regions of Ukraine ends on Wednesday, December 26. 

Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine imposed the martial law in ten regions across the country on November 26. On the same day, the Ukrainian Parliament passed the law that enacts the president's decree. Thus, the martial law lasted for 30 days.  

Related: Legal regime of martial law in ten regions of Ukraine over

The reason to impose the martial law was the crisis in the Kerch Strait, in the Sea of Azov. The Russian Navy attacked the Ukrainian vessels, damaged them and captured the crews, 24 Ukrainian sailors. Currently, the captured men are at remand centers in Moscow.

According to the respective acts, the martial law was imposed in Vinnytsia, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Odesa, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Kherson, Donetsk and Zaporizhya region, as well as in the domestic waters of the Sea of Azov.

In case of necessity, the martial law foresees certain limitations of rights and freedoms of citizens; however, the President promised that these measures would only take place if the situation escalated. Later, Poroshenko said the legal regime of the martial law would not be extended, if no full-scale Russian invasion took place.

Related: 1,500 Russian citizens were denied entering Ukraine since martial law imposed

Related: Martial law not to be extended unless large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine begins, - Poroshenko

Related: Over 1000 Russians were banned from entry to Ukraine since imposing martial law

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