Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova commented the imposition of martial law in Ukraine

27 November 2018
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The imposition of martial law in Ukraine will significantly limit the ability of Ukraine to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements. According to the law “On the legal regime of martial law” for the period of martial law, not only elections of the president and parliament of the country are prohibited, but also any changes to the constitution, which blocks the entrenchment of Donbass special status and implementation of all political items of the Package of Measures into main law. In the case of the extension of martial law, elections and constitutional reform may be postponed indefinitely.
Without mentioning the fact that martial law actually legitimized what Ukrainian authorities were doing from the very beginning - infringement of the rights of citizens and legal entities, exploitation of the population and ignoring its interests. In addition, the cancellation or postponement of the presidential and parliamentary elections will mean continuing the current leadership of the country to block the practical implementation of the Minsk agreements.
The imposition of martial law will only untie the hands of the Ukrainian security forces and may lead to a new round of conflict escalation. The situation on the contact line remains extremely tense, and Ukraine, instead of agreeing on and introducing additional measures of control and stabilization of the cease-fire regime, introduces martial law. The fault of the Kiev authorities continues the destruction of housing and civilian infrastructure, death of civilians. And unfortunately, we see no condemnation of these actions and steps by the Western guarantors of Minsk agreements. We hope for an appropriate reaction and pressure from the world community on Kiev, since only through diplomatic means can the current explosive situation be resolved.