President of Ukraine

President signed the Law on the Introduction of Martial Law in Ukraine

28 November 2018 - 12:01

President signed the Law on the Introduction of Martial Law in Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko signed the Law "On Approval of the Decree of the President of Ukraine “On the Introduction of Martial Law in Ukraine". On November 26, the Head of State signed the Decree "On the Introduction of Martial Law in Ukraine" and the Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law on its approval.

The document stipulates that martial law will be introduced in Vinnytsia, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson regions and inland waters of Ukraine in the Azov-Kerch water area.

The Law also contains a provision that in the period of martial law, partial mobilization is declared by the President in terms and volume according to the threats to the national security and defense of Ukraine.

According to Decree №393, martial law is imposed for 30 days, until December 26 given the another act of armed aggression by Russia on November 25, 2018 in the Kerch Strait against the Ukrainian Navy’s ships that had severe consequences, other aggressive actions of Russia in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, the existing threat of the wide-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian armed forces against the backdrop of the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and part of Donetsk and Luhansk regions by Russia.

The relevant Decree was also signed due to the threat to the state sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine in order to create conditions for the performance by the state authorities, military commanders, local self-government bodies, enterprises, institutions and organizations of the powers necessary to repel the armed aggression and ensure national security on the basis of the proposal of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, in accordance with item 20 of the first part of Article 106 of the Constitution Ukraine and the Law of Ukraine "On the Legal Status of Martial Law".