News, 30/11/2018

Kharkivites See No Change Under Martial Law

On November 26, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed decree No. 393/2018 which officially declared martial law.

Martial law came into force in 10 Ukrainian regions on November 28, after being published officially in the central government newspaper “Uryadoviy Kuryer.” According to the decree, martial law was announced in Vinnytsia, Luhansk, Mykolayiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, and Kherson as well as in internal Ukrainian waters in Azov-Kerch water area. The law will be in effect until December 26.

Despite the fact that a total draft has yet to be announced, Kharkiv military commissioner Yurii Kalhushkin informed the press that within a day more than 100 veterans of the war in the east had already stated their readiness to serve.

“These are servicemen with combat experience. We also intend to conduct military exercises with civil defense units,” Yurii notes.

Civil aviation, which typically helps to transport patients from remote region’s areas to city hospitals, is prepared to provide aircraft to patrol the border as necessary.

Some Kharkivites, mostly elderly people, have expressed their concern and have started buying essential goods and food at supermarkets.

Local authorities assured Kharkiv residents that nothing will change for Kharkiv and the surrounding region. “Neither rights nor liberties will be impaired. There also won’t be any restrictions on the right to education or medical care. Kharkiv will continue as usual,” said Kharkiv Regional State Administration official Oleksiy Maksimov.

Strategic areas have been taken under additional security and the number of roadblocks around the city has been doubled. Furthermore, police patrols’ working hours have been increased. The mayor’s office states that all public services will operate as usual.

Reference: A decree of martial law was signed after an openly aggressive act by Russia near the Kerch Strait on November 25, when Russian coast guards prevented three Ukrainian navy vessels from passing beneath the Kerch Strait bridge by blocking the way with a cargo ship. Three Ukrainian vessels were routinely sailing through the strait in order to make their scheduled redeployment from Odesa on the Black Sea to the port of Mariupol in the Sea of Azov when they were subsequently fired on and seized by Russian military navy. According to different sources, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and up to six of them were injured.

Text: Natalia Ivanova  

Edited: Peter Cribley,

Photo: Vox