Poroshenko regime needs martial law to strengthen grip on power at any cost – deputy

November 27, 2018 16:15

Donetsk, Nov 27 – DAN. The Ukrainian foreign minister unveiled President Poroshenko’s plans by stating that the key objective of martial law was to take Donbass and Crimea, Donetsk People’s Republic parliamentarian Valery Skorokhodov told the Donetsk News Agency.

“Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin designated the key objective of martial law, namely the occupation of Crimea and Donbass,” said Skorokhodov, head of the Donetsk Republic faction in the DPR parliament. “Given the fact that Poroshenko’s regime has been unable to accomplish it in nearly five years, it’s unlikely they will succeed in the coming month. Klimkin thus slightly unveiled Poroshenko’s plans which apparently envision martial law extension.”

While continuing to call Crimea the Ukrainian territory, Kiev did not put it on the list of the regions where martial law would be enforced. Skorokhodov believes that this list only includes the territory in which the Poroshenko regime, in a bid keep their grip on power at any cost, hopes to seriously limit residents’ rights and freedom and carry out a hard-line information campaign before the election.

On Monday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said during his speech in parliament that “liberation of the occupied territories” was the key objective of martial law. Ukraine calls the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and Crimea “the occupied territories.”

The Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council suggested that martial law be imposed because of the Kerch Strait situation. In the evening of November 26, Ukraine’s Verkhovnaya Rada (parliament) reviewed and approved this bill. Under the document, Ukraine imposes martial law in ten regions for 30 days starting 10:00 a.m. on November 28. The list comprises the regions bordering on Russia and Transniestria, the Kiev-controlled parts of the DPR and the LPR and Sea of Azov and Black Sea coast areas.

Martial law is imposed across Ukraine or some of its areas in accordance with the law “On the Legal Regime of Martial Law” to provide military authorities and leadership with unlimited power.*jk