Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has decreed the application of martial law in Ukraine, reported the website of the Ukrainian presidency.
"Apply the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine of November 26, 2018 'On measures to ensure the sovereignty of the State and the independence of Ukraine and put into force the martial law in Ukraine'", says the statement.
In addition, the presidential decree orders that the Ukrainian General Staff "take measures for a partial mobilization" of the Ukrainian forces.
The note indicates that martial law should enter into force this November 26 and will be in force until January 25, 2019.
Martial law will come into force once the presidential decree is approved by the Supreme Rada (Parliament).
The decision to apply martial law was proposed by the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council after Russia captured on November 25 two gunboats and a tugboat of the Ukrainian Navy navigating from Odessa, in the Black Sea , Mariupol, in the Sea of Azov, alleging an illegal incursion into its territorial waters near Crimea.
During the incident, the Russian coastguards used weapons causing injuries to several Ukrainian crew members: three, according to Moscow, and six, according to Kiev.
Russia, which requested the convening of an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council on November 26 due to the escalation of tension in the Sea of Azov, maintains that the Ukrainian ships were carrying out a dangerous maneuver and ignored the order to stop.
The Kremlin defended the actions of Russian coastguards in the naval incident with Ukraine by stressing that they acted in accordance with the law.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the Kerch Strait incident - which connects the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea - was a premeditated action with which Kiev seeks to earn points for the presidential election campaign. for March 31, 2019.