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Martial law in Ukraine to be imposed in case of full-scale invasion

Martial law will be imposed in case of a full-scale military aggression by the Russian Federation in Ukraine. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated this at a joint briefing with Estonian President Alar Karis in Kyiv, Interfax-Ukraine reports. This happened after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the so-called DPR and LPR as independent.

Regarding martial law, it is very simple—this issue is clear to us: we believe that there will be no massive war against Ukraine and there will be no wide escalation from the Russian Federation. If there is, martial law will be imposed.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

President of Ukraine

What is martial law?

Martial law is a special legal regime imposed in Ukraine or in its individual regions in cases of armed aggression against Ukraine, an attack on it, and also if there is a danger to the independence and territorial integrity of the state.

According to the legislation, during martial law, the state leadership passes to the military command, which, together with the executive authorities, military administrations, and local governments, must introduce and implement measures of the legal regime.

Are any rights restricted?

Yes. Under martial law, a complete ban on strikes, mass gatherings and actions is provided. During martial law, the military command has the right to impose a curfew, establish a special regime for access and egress to settlements, restrict the freedom of movement of citizens, as well as the movement of vehicles. The new military authorities will have the right to check documents, and, if necessary, to inspect belongings, transport, luggage and cargo, office premises, and housing of citizens.

The right to ban the activities of political parties and public organizations will also work if they pose a risk to the sovereignty and national security of Ukraine.

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