Ukraine’s parliament voted to impose martial law for 30 days in the wake of Russia seizing three Ukrainian vessels.
The vote was taken after President Petro Poroshenko made a personal
appeal to lawmakers. They voted for martial law to be brought in for 30
days, starting on Wednesday.
It will allow authorities to restrict public rallies and regulate the media.
The move came after Russia on Sunday opened fire
on two Ukrainian armored artillery vessels and a tug boat off the coast
of Crimea, which Russia’s FSB security service claimed had illegally
entered its territorial waters. Russian authorities then seized the
three naval ships and blocked the Kerch Strait. It was reopened on
Monday. Poroshenko denied the vessels had done anything wrong.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged Moscow to release the
24 Ukrainian servicemen whom they had taken captive, adding that “all
allies” had expressed “full support” for Ukraine’s territorial