End of Martial Law in Ukraine and Further Russia Sanctions: What We Learned from Poroshenko's Speech
26 December, 2018


No more martial law in Ukraine. At least for now, according to President Petro Poroshenko's speech today. Poroshenko also announced new sanctions against Russia.

Speaking at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine session, the president highlighted the upcoming presidential election in Ukraine as one of the reasons for putting the law to an end.

Among the law's biggest achievements, he mentioned increased border security, improved air defense, European Union's extension of sanctions against Russia and reduced crime rates.

READ MORE: What Has Been Achieved After 30 Days of Martial Law in Ukraine?

"An interesting detail is that 26% less crimes than usual were registered in the 10 regions where martial law was in force in the past month. There is now more order and safety on the streets of Kyiv and other big cities," Poroshenko said.

Poroshenko also stated that Ukraine will be implementing its own additional sanctions against Russia in response to Russia's recent aggression near the Kerch Strait and the carrying out illegal elections in occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The draft decision for this implementation is on today's agenda for the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

"Those who attacked our ships, those who were involved in illegal prosecutions and detentions, those who were giving out orders... We must demonstrate the determination of Ukrainian actions to the world," Poroshenko said.

Martial law was implemented on November 26 in response to Russia's maritime aggression near the Kerch Strait.

READ MORE: Ukraine Declares Martial Law in Regions Bordering Russia and Unrecognized Transnistria

/By Maria Romanenko