While the Ukrainian parliament has seen many challenges throughout 27 years of the country’s independence, agreeing on a martial law that satisfies every political party’s demands on November 26 was probably one of the hardest so far. From Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna party lawmakers to Poroshenko Bloc’s most outspoken MPs – everyone seemed to have something to say about their vision of the law.
Changing the law enforcement period from 60 days to 30, its coverage territory from entire country to 10 regions and clarifying the citizens’ rights question were just some of the amendments MPs managed to secure to the law after day-long discussions and negotiations. What happens in Ukraine now that the law is in force? And do lawmakers really think they achieved a perfect martial law? We spoke with Oleksiy Ryabchyn, lawmaker at Batkivshchyna party and Olena Sotnyk, lawmaker at the Samopomich party, to answer some popular questions.
/By Maria Romanenko