Ukraine backs martial law after gunfire at sea

In response to Russian forces firing upon Ukrainian ships and seizing 23 sailors in the Black Sea off the coast of Russian-controlled Crimea, the Ukrainian parliament supported a decree submitted by President Poroshenko and voted to impose martial law for 30 days, RFE/RL reports. Starting Wednesday, martial law will be imposed in regions of the country deemed most vulnerable to Russian aggression. The areas include Ukraine’s Black Sea and Sea of Azov regions, as well as regions bordering Russia. Imposing martial law could give Poroshenko’s government the power to restrict public demonstrations, regulate the media and potentially postpone the presidential election scheduled to be held in March, though Poroshenko says the vote will take place on time.


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