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Ten Ukrainian regions under martial law: What is happening?

Author : News Agency 112.ua

Ten regions of Ukraine bordering with Russia, unrecognized Transnistria and Black and Azov Seas are now under the martial law
19:00, 28 November 2018

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The martial law in Ukraine, which, according to the National Defense Council, started at 14:00 on November 26, covers 10 regions of the country. These areas are on the border with Russia and unrecognized Transnistria, or they have access to the seas.

You can read how the life after the introduction of the martial law. And in this article, we will tell you about the situation in the regions under the martial law. Information about what will change in these areas is taken from the official websites of the authorities, local mass media, as well as social networks pages of the regional administrations’ heads.

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Vinnytsia region

In Vinnytsia region, which borders Moldova (including Transnistria), six hospitals which, if necessary, will provide aid Ukrainian military personnel have already been chosen. Today the regional center will check the emergency-alert system with the electric sirens.

"Only military civil administration can take the decision to restrict the rights and freedoms of citizens. Today, there are no grounds for this. Each service will take the measures. This plan is closed. The main task is to ensure the safety of citizens and taking into account the possibility of an external threat to respond to it promptly," head of Vinnytsia Regional State Administration Valery Koroviy commented.

According to him, the authorities monitor situation at the border with an unrecognized Transnistrian region. "Over the past four years, we have substantially strengthened the system of control of the state border with the Transnistria: anti-tank ditch of over 30-km, the equipment, three new outposts. A complex system operates in the region, it is connected with territorial defense. We can quickly deploy at any moment," he said.

The official added that there are no plans mobilization in the region, but the emergency reserve is being notified. He stressed that local residents do not have to bring documents with them, but warned about strengthening the system of law enforcement and strategic objects protection. "Law-enforcement bodies will not restrict the rights and freedoms of citizens," he added.

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Donetsk region

The front-line region is expectedly on the list of those under martial law. The head of the regional Military Civil Administration Oleksandr Kuts addressed residents of the Donetsk region and stressed that its introduction will not affect the lives of civilians.

According to him, partial mobilization will be conducted in the region, as well as training of operational reserve. He assured that for the period of military state, they do not plan to confiscate vehicles and other property; there will be no compulsory labor duty and the settling of military personnel in private homes. At the same time, Kuts did not exclude the introduction of a curfew, restrictions on alcohol trade and other measures.

"The checkpoints work in regular mode, and we continue to set them. The procedure of crossing the checkpoints will not change: for this, as now, only a passport is required. The schools, kindergartens, hospitals, social sphere facilities work and will work as usually," Oleksandr Kuts assured, urging everyone to keep calm.

In Mariupol, which is under the danger of Russian troops invasion, the Defense Council has already been created. It includes representatives of the military, security forces and local authorities.

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Zaporizhia region

The list of the medical establishment for the provision of the necessary aid to Ukrainian soldiers is also approved in Zaporizhia region; eight health-care institution entered the list.

Head of regional state administration Kostyantyn Bryl denied the information about coming confiscation of the vehicles and compulsory labor duty during the appeal to the citizens of the region. At the same time, he did not exclude the imposing of the curfew or the ban for the sale of the alcohol in the case of the necessity. However, the curfew is not imposed yet in Berdyansk, which faces the greatest threat as well as Mariupol.

Specifically, the official urged the representatives of the local organizations of the political parties to decrease their activity in the form of the holding of the mass events. “However, we cannot allow any restriction of the rights and freedoms of our citizens. The citizens of Zaporizhia should realize the main points: martial law is not the opportunity for the panics and all events are held, first of all, for the security of the citizens. And the most important point, which all of us should do is not to cause the panic, Bryl claimed.

Head of regional police Serhy Komissarov has already announced that Zaporizhia law enforcers plan to temporarily ban the wearing of the military uniform for the civilians to prevent the infliction of the harm to the civilians by the fraudsters. “We will carefully check all people who wear the military uniform and the purpose for it,” he said.

Komissarov also appealed to the citizens with a request to call the police if somebody will try to confiscate their property, hiding behind the military status or martial law.

According to Melitopol mass media, the information on the martial law caused the backlash of the local citizens, who started to buy up the goods, particularly salt and matches, in the supermarkets of the city. As a result, the shelves are half empty.

Luhansk region

The local authority has no intentions to limit the rights and freedoms of the locals, as Luhansk and Donetsk regions already suffer most from the ongoing combat activity. The Defense Council will appear in the infrastructure of the local regional state administration. Acting Head of this authority Serhiy Fil says that the civilians will only feel little impact on their lives.

‘I reiterate, just in case, that there is no problem with food security in the region. So the food will not be disappearing from the markets,’ Fil said.
The military reserve will hold drills, but no more waves of the military draft are expected here so far.

The martial law will not affect the working schedule of Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint.

According to Liga.net news agency, the locals fear the military escalation. ‘The local hustlers fear that they will not be able to get profit or carry food products to the occupied Luhansk in this situation anymore. They fear for their business. Some people watch the Russian TV channels, and then they spread these rumors about the alleged offensive of the Ukrainian Army. There’s no confidence about tomorrow’, one of the locals said.

As for Severodonetsk, which temporarily obtained the status of the local regional centre, some of its residents succumbed to the panic, too. ‘A war will begin, and we’ll have to leave at once’, Svitlana said. ‘They say there will cease the food supplies from other regions. They act hysterically. They bought all available cereals in the supermarkets; a granny spent 200 hryvnas (seven U.S. dollars, - 112 International) on candles.

Another anonymous interlocutor told Liga.net that some entrepreneurs decided to shut down their trading posts temporarily.

Luhansk regional administration meeting, Nov 28, 2018
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On Wednesday, Yuriy Klymenko, the deputy head of Luhansk regional administration added that the Defense Council’s Crisis Centre will be created in the near future.

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Mykolaiv region

This region is with this ten due to direct access to Azov Sea in its southern part. Olexiy Savchenko, the Head of the region, called the population for “checking the combat backpack” before the decision on the martial law was made.

After the Parliament made such decision, Savchenko stated that “thanks to the support of the local media, NGOs and other active residents, they managed to avoid panic and wrong interpretation of the recent events”.

“The introduction of the martial law in the way it was done will not change the life in Mykolaiv,” he stressed.

At the same time, some local residents also reported in the social media that some goods are being bought in Mykolaiv.

Besides, dollar rate increased, but the price went down today in the morning.

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Odesa region

As local media reported, yesterday evening, a meeting on the martial law was held behind closed doors. According to Dumskaya, the heads of all the security forces, the Governor, Odesa Mayor, the director of the transport enterprises and others took part in the meeting.
Obviously, following its results, the Head of Odesa Regional State Administration Maksym Stepanov commented on the changes of the life within the next 30 days.

“What is planned? There are some things to be done, in particular – introduction of additional measures on informational and cyber security. We will bring the air defence in emergency preparedness. The border guards are enhancing security of the state border. What we won’t do? We do not plan to confiscate cars and other properties, compulsory labour duties or settle military in civil apartments,” he wrote.

On Tuesday, the flag of Ukraine’s Navy was raised in Balta, Odesa region in support of the Ukrainian sailors, captured by Russia in Kerch Strait. As Sergiy Mazur, Balta Mayor, noted, there were two Balta-born Ukrainian sailors among those taken captive – Vasyl Soroka and Yuriy Budzylo.
Security measures were enhanced in Odesa international airport. It works in a routine mode, as the press office of the airport reported.
On November 27, dollar rate increased, up to 30 hryvnias in some places.

Sumy region

“We must not relax, but no need to panic,” as head of the Sumy Regional State Administration Mykola Klochko commented on the introduction of a martial law. He assured that there was no activity from Russian Federation at Sumy region border. "I was surprised that people in the shops are buying up salt and sugar, and speculators began to raise the dollar rate already. We experienced a lot of shocks in the history of independent Ukraine, and every time "various speculators profited" from the panic, so I call to stop panicking and work in usual mode," he said.

Sumy Mayor urged the residents to carry identification documents with them for possible checks.

Today at the session of Sumy City Council it is planned to consider the initiative to restrict traffic in the city by appropriate checkpoints, limiting the sale of alcoholic beverages from 20:00 to 10:00, and deploying territorial defense detachments in the regional center.

On November 28, Sumy City Council plans to consider the initiative to restrict traffic in the city by checkpoints, limit the sale of alcohol from 20:00 to 10:00, and deploy territorial defense detachments in the regional center.

Kharkiv region

Kharkiv region plans to check the bomb shelters, schools, kindergartens and gyms, where people can hide if necessary. This was announced by the adviser of the head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Serhiy Storozhenko.

The head of Regional State Administration Yulia Svitlychna assured that the situation in Kharkiv region is stable and under control. "Transport, such as railway, airport, catering and trade, are operating in regular mode. No measures restricting the constitutional rights of region’s residents will be implemented. All measures taken in the region are aimed at improving security and defense. We will cancel sports competitions and holidays, "she said.

The day before, people in social networks started to publish screenshots of SMS-messages, in which Defense Ministry of Ukraine allegedly "calls to immediately come to the military unit at the place of residence in connection with mobilization."

The Defense Ministry denied this information stating that the Russian side were sending these fake messages.

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Kherson region

This region is directly borders the annexed Crimea, and also has access to the Black and Azov Seas. Due to a special threat, Ukraine has already restricted the passage of Russians through checkpoints on the administrative border with the peninsula. There are three checkpoints in total, and all of them are located in Kherson region.

The Regional State Administration have the residents of Kherson region reassured: there are enough military personnel on the territory to prevent possible Russian aggression.

However, "products" panic still touched Kherson. In some the city supermarkets had little salt, buckwheat and candles.

Earlier, President Petro Poroshenko called on Ukrainians "to hold concerts, go to banks, but not store the matches" the day before.

Chernihiv region

And finally, in Chernihiv region, where martial law is intact, the situation is under control, as the administration reports.

“Currently, all military facilities of the region are put to combat readiness. Military units train to perform duties in conditions of legal regime of the martial law. The situation on Chernihiv region border is under control. The escalation is not predicted,” the press service said.

Since yesterday, the regional police are working in an enhanced regime, and local residents are urged to report to law enforcers in case they notice suspicious persons, unknown or explosive objects.

"Chernihiv region will live as usual," the Regional State Administration says.

The martial law has already influenced sport. The local football club Desna will hold a match of the Ukrainian championship against Luhansk’s Zoria not in Chernihiv, but in the capital.

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