Ukraine Declares Martial Law: Martial Law Explained – Nexus News

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Zelenskyy declares Martial Law

Following the wake of an invasion of Ukraine by Putin-led Russia, Ukraine’s President, Zelenskyy declared Martial Law in the state with the following statements,

“Dear Ukrainian citizens, this morning President Putin announced a special military operation in Donbas,” Zelenskyy said.

“Russia conducted strikes on our military infrastructure and our border guards. There were blasts heard in many cities of Ukraine.

“We’re introducing martial law on the whole territory of our country.

“Today each of you should keep calm. Stay at home if you can. We are working. The army is working. The whole sector of defense and security is working.

“No panic. We are strong. We are ready for everything. We will win over everybody because we are Ukraine.”

What is the Martial Law?

Martial law is the temporary enforcement of direct military control of normal civil functions, it can as well mean the suspension of civil law by a government, especially in reaction to a temporary emergency where civil forces are overpower, or in an occupied territory.

Martial law can be imposed by governments to enforce their rule over its citizens, with a history in multiple countries like Canada, Brunei, Australia, Armenia, Indonesia, Iceland, Egypt, China, Canada, Pakistan, Mauritius, Israel, Ireland, Iran, Switzerland, South Korea, Poland, Philippines, Pakistan, United States, Ukraine, Turkey, Thailand and Syria.

Such crisis may occur after a coup d’état (Thailand in 2006 and 2014, and Egypt in 2013); when menaced by popular protest (China, Tiananmen Square protests of 1989); to put and end to political opposition (martial law in Poland in 1981); or to stabilize insurrections or perceived insurrections (Canada, the October Crisis of 1970).

Martial law may be imposed in cases of major natural disasters; however, lots of countries use a different legal construct, such as a state of emergency.

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Martial law has also been enforced during crisis, and in situations of occupations, where the absence of any other civil government results in an unstable population. Examples of this form of military rule can be seen during the post World War II reconstruction in Germany and Japan, the recovery and reconstruction of the former Confederate States of America during Reconstruction Era in the United States of America subsequent to the American Civil War, and German occupation of northern France between 1871 and 1873 after the Treaty of Frankfurt ended the Franco-Prussian War.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Commonly, the enforcement of martial law accompanies a state of emergency, in which a government has the authority to put through policies it would not otherwise be permitted to sanction for the safety and protection of its citizens.

The suspension of civil law, civil rights, and habeas corpus; and the implementation or extension of military law or military justice to civilians. Civilians disobeying martial law may be charged to military tribunal

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In Ukraine’s History

The restrictions from martial law were explained in a 2015 law, “On the Legal Regime of Martial Law”. The President decides on the pronouncement of martial law and then Verkhovna Rada must sign it.

On 26 November 2018, lawmakers in the Verkhovna Rada amazingly supported President Petro Poroshenko’s enforcement of martial law along Ukraine’s coastal regions and those around its bother the Russian Federation and Transnistria, an unknown breakaway state of Moldova which has Russian troops placed in its territory, in reaction to the firing upon and seizure of Ukrainian naval ships by Russia close to the Crimean Peninsula a day earlier.

Not less than 276 lawmakers in Kyiv supported the measure, which became effective on 28 November 2018 and automatically expired in 30 days.

On Thursday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy enforced martial law subsequent to the Russian movement into Ukraine.

What Martial Law means for Ukraine during the war

With Martial Law in place, Ukraine’s military forces control activities in the country and are able to quickly respond to Russian aggression.

On Wednesday Ukraine compulsorily enrolled citizens between the ages of 18-60 into the military system following a decree by the president.

Mr Zelenskyy implored those capable of fighting to take up arms and informed vulnerable citizens to stay at home.

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