On November 26, Ukraine’s parliament voted to impose martial law in parts of the country to fight what President Petro Porshenko called “growing aggression” from Russia.
The move was justified by the November 25 maritime incident between the Ukrainian naval group and Russian coastal guards in the Black Sea off Crimea, when 3 Ukrainian warships violated Russina territorial waters and were detained and escroted to the Russian port of Kerch.
Russia and Ukraine blamed each other for the escalation, which seems to be the biggest incident between the states since 2014. It should be noted that testimonines from the detained Ukrainian servicemen confirm that the November 25 was a pre-planned provocation by the Poroshenko regime.
The 30-days long martial law is starting in some regions of Ukraine on November 28 morning. Accoridng to an initial announcement, the martial law will be employed in 10 Ukrainian regions. The chosen regions are bordering Russia, Belarus and Moldova’s breakaway republic of Trans-Dniester. These regions were described by Poroshenko as a possible front against the “Russian agressor”.
“Martial law doesn’t mean declaring a war,” Poroshenko claimed. “It is introduced with the sole purpose of boosting Ukraine’s defense in the light of a growing aggression from Russia.”
However, the final list of these regions is currently unclear because different Ukrainian official sources provide different lists.
The approved martial law measures include a partial mobilization, strengthening of air defenses, anti-terrorism measures and “information security” that will for sure impact rights and freedoms of the Ukrainian population.
Seaprately, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted an amazing by its sentense resolution calling on naval powers to deploy warships and observers in the region of the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea in order to prevent further “esclation” of the situation by Russia.
It’s interesting to get how members of the Ukrainian Parliament imagine deployment of some foriegn “observers” in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Do they suppose that Polish or Romanian snorkeling swimmers should swim from Odessa to Mariupol defending peaceful Ukrainian warships from dark-minded Russian coastal guards?