Monday, November 26, 2018

Ukrainian parliament votes to impose martial law

from Politico

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 sovereignty.

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