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13 Dec 2018

President emphasizes that martial law protects Ukrainian soldiers and does not restrict constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens

 

President emphasizes that martial law protects Ukrainian soldiers and does not restrict constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens

 

During the program "Freedom of Speech" on ICTV channel, President Petro Poroshenko stressed that martial law in Ukraine was introduced for legislative protection of the actions of the Ukrainian military. This legal regime will not restrict constitutional rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens, including the right to vote, the President emphasized.

 

"What is the reason for the introduction of martial law in Ukraine? There are two models (of actions under such legal regime - ed.). The first is to restrict constitutional rights and freedoms. Dictators do so. Whether there is a reason for this or not - they begin with it. There is a second model - to protect the Ukrainian warrior. To protect legally by giving the right to use weapons outside the JFO area, where the weapons are used under the law on the de-occupation of Donbas. To protect him constitutionally. And to significantly reduce time for the possible reaction in the event of a large-scale ground-based Russian aggression," the Head of State said.

 

The President emphasized that during the discussion of that issue in the Verkhovna Rada, in order to stop various insinuations, he had appealed to Chairman of the Parliament Andriy Parubiy to put one more question to a vote - on the appointment of the date of the presidential elections in Ukraine.

 

"For what is it? On the one hand, the issue of our state security is a matter of protecting the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our state by the Ukrainian army. But on the other hand, it is the defense of freedom and democracy. Including the constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens. Including the right to vote," Petro Poroshenko said.

 

"Therefore, as President, I guarantee that the elections will be held on March 31, 2019. And there will be no reason to postpone them," he stressed.

 

The Head of State also said that he had submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada proposing to resolve the issue of holding local elections. "This is another position of non-restricting citizens' rights and freedoms," the President noted.