Poroshenko to introduce martial law if “peace” interrupted

If there is a departure from the peace process, martial law will be introduced immediately.

This was stated by President Poroshenko at a press conference.

“What will we do if there is an exit from the peace process. I can promise you that a state of war will be introduced immediately,” he said.

Answering the question of a correspondent from Ukrainska Pravda, he continued:

“Martial law will be introduced immediately by my decree, by a decision of the National Security and Defense Council, and will be transferred to the Verkhovna Rada, as soon as the first offensive operations occur on the line of confrontation. No one will hesitate for a minute,” he said.

“A military solution to the Donbas does not exist. Who wants to have some fun – gun in hand and under the bullets of the Russian military machine, the most powerful on the continent. You will see how it ends,” he said.

“Hundreds of Ukrainian heroes have died since the day the invasion started. There is only a political solution to the conflict in the Donbas. I am a responsible Ukrainian President. This pains me very much,” he said.

“From 9 December, when a regime of artillery silence was introduced, not one soldier should have perished. Yes, we are losing our soldiers when they die on stretchers from clashes with sabotage and reconnaissance groups, but the ceasefire regime works. And Ukrainian warriors are not dying,” he said.

“It is not only the regime of silence that works, but also the peace plan, during which 1,500 Ukrainian captives have been freed, 150 of them in the last week. If there had been no peace, who knows whether these people would still be alive? This is also a result of the peace plan,” said Poroshenko, who later admitted that on Monday three “cyborgs” had been killed at the Donetsk airport.

“Do we want the war? No, nobody wants it,” he added.

Poroshenko also said he was not flirting with the “LNR” [Lugansk People’s Republic] and “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] formations. “On the contrary, on my order the smuggling of coal, which crossed the line of confrontation, was discontinued. The legal framework for the confiscation of such shipments is being prepared,” he said.

“The only cargo there now is coal from state-owned enterprises supplying Ukrainian power plants, and there is monitoring to make sure that the funds are used for the salaries of Ukrainian-citizen miners who work there,” he said.

“Other companies must be re-registered in Ukraine, pay taxes and receive a salary, because they are Ukrainian citizens,” he said.


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