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

Source : 112 Ukraine

Martial law was imposed in Ukraine for 30 days - until December 26, 2018
20:42, 16 December 2018

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko
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The legal regime of martial law in 10 regions of Ukraine will not be extended unless a large-scale invasion of the Russian Armed Forces into the territory of Ukraine occurs. This was stated by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at a press conference in Kyiv on December 16.

"My principled position is that martial law will not interfere with the elections. And if large-scale aggression, the invasion of Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine outside the collision line does not begin, we will not extend martial law. And the preparations for the presidential elections in Ukraine on March 31, 2019, will begin," Poroshenko said.

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November 26, President of Ukraine has signed a decree "On the introduction of martial law in Ukraine," which introduces martial law for 30 days - until December 26, 2018. On the same day, Verkhovna Rada approved the law that enacted the presidential decree.

According to the regulations, martial law was introduced in ten regions of our country and inland waters of the Azov-Kerch water area.

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Earlier, Petro Poroshenko instructed the Security Service of Ukraine to check all government officials, especially from the law enforcement agencies, for the presence of relatives with Russian citizenship. He stated this during a press conference in Kyiv, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.


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