Martial law is over in Ukraine, as President Poroshenko stated at the session of the National Security and Defence Council.
“Martial law is over now, at 2 pюm. This is my principal decision, it is based on the analysis of all the components of the current security situation in the state,” Poroshenko said.
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.
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.