Petro Poroshenko Signs Decree to Impose Martial Law in Ukraine
The final voting is currently taking place in the Verkhovna Rada
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree today that brings into force the National Security and Defense Council’s (NSDC) decision to impose martial law for 60 days.
The Verkhovna Rada committee approved the decree just a few hours ago.
The final Rada voting is currently taking place.
The NSDC held an emergency meeting at midnight in the Presidential Administration. On the agenda was the imposition of martial law after Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait area.
“Martial law does not mean that we will abandon the political and diplomatic settlement of the issue of liberation Ukrainian territory. Martial law is not a declaration of war. Ukraine isn’t planning to go to war with anyone. Martial law is imposed solely for the defense and protection of Ukrainian territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Poroshenko said.
In photos taken and posted on social media by Russian sailors, it is possible to see how the Russian anti-submarine ship, Don, rammed the Ukrainian tugboat, Yana Kapu, yesterday, Nov. 25.
Yana Kapu and two armored artillery boats, Berdiansk and Nikopol, were heading from Odesa to Mariupol. When the Ukrainian ships approached the Kerch Strait, the Russians blocked it. Russia sent two Ka-52 attack helicopters to tail the Ukrainian ships. A few hours later, when the ships finally entered the Azov Sea, the Russians opened fire. The three boats were then seized.
Twenty-three Ukrainian sailors have been taken captive.
“Our service personnel were injured, and communication with the ships has been lost. According to our information, six people were injured with two of them in critical condition,” said Viktor Muzhenko, the head of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The fate of the captured Ukrainians remains unclear.
Russian media, citing the Russian Federal Security Service, reported that the seized ships were transferred to the Kerch port. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military are on high alert.