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Parliament to consider martial law implementation today, - Verkhovna Rada Speaker

The urgent session of the Ukrainian Parliament will convene at 4 p.m., Andriy Parubiy said
08:02, 26 November 2018

Parliament of Ukraine

The urgent session of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament, - 112 International) will take place at 4 p.m. Monday. The MPs will consider implementation of the martial law in Ukraine. Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of the Parliament said this as quoted by Rada's press service

'Acting within the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and the address of President of Ukraine, I convene the emergency session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine', Parubiy said. 

The Speaker never specified whether the session will be taking place as public or closed; however, the President's press service mentioned that the matter will be discsussed behind the closed dooors.

Related: Martial law not to affect work of Ukrainian banks. - Head of National Bank

Parubiy also commented on the act of Russian military aggression in the Sea of Azov; he described it as the breach of UN Statute and the UN Convention for the Maritime Law. 'The entire world saw the video of Russian military aggression, and no one will be able to argue with that anymore. The entire world saw the video where Russian naval ships attack the Ukrainian ones. It's obvious that the front of the Russian aggression extended, and now it reaches the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov', Parubiy wrote.

As is known, given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

Related: Russian MFA comments on situation in Sea of Azov

As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The press office of the Ukrainian Navy reported this on Facebook.  

‘November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message. 

Related: National Security and Defense Council proposes Parliament to impose martial law in Ukraine

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