Parliament Approves of The Martial Law in Ukraine

Parliament Approves of The Martial Law in Ukraine

*What is Martial Law?*  
Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of the usual functions carried out by a government.

It is usually introduced for a limited period and often as a reaction to either an emergency, major disaster or invasion.

Often they are introduced after a coup d’etat or when a popular uprising threatens the established order.

*Why has it been declared in Ukraine?*
Ukraine’s parliament approved late on Nov. 26 the imposition of 30 days of martial law, which starts on Nov. 28, in 10 oblasts(states) located on the Russian border, the border with the Russian-controlled Transnistria region of Moldova and oblasts located by the Black and Azov seas.

The move was sparked by the naval clash off Crimea when Russia captured three Ukrainian naval vessels along with 23 crew members.

Ukraine said it was a Russian "act of aggression". Moscow alleged that the ships had illegally entered its territorial waters.

*What does it mean?*
It gives authorities the power to limit public rallies and curb the extensive use of media.

Usually under martial law, curfews are introduced, civil rights are suspended and military law is often extended to include the general public.

However, President Petro Poroshenko has promised not to restrict the basic freedoms and stressed he needed firm power in case of a full-scale Russian invasion.

He added: "The Martial law doesn't mean declaring a war. It is introduced with the sole purpose of boosting Ukraine's defence in the light of a growing aggression from

He also ruled out any delay to elections scheduled to take place March next year.

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