Poroshenko: Martial law possible if conflict escalates

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he would not rule out introducing martial law throughout the country if diplomacy fails. The announcement comes amid further casualties and ahead of peace talks in Minsk.

“I, the government and the parliament are ready to take the decision to introduce martial law in all territories of Ukraine,” Poroshenko said at a government meeting. Under martial law, the highest-ranking military officer effectively temporarily takes over as the head of government should civilian authorities fail to function.

Martial law would, however, also affect foreign investment in Ukraine, including a key loan from the International Monetary Fund. Ukraine and the IMF have been in talks over a bailout that could grow to $40 billion.
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Source News: DW