Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has said martial law, if introduced by the Verkhovna Rada, could be lifted at any time if the situation normalizes.

"If the situation normalizes, martial law may be lifted at any time. As for the legal consequences, the Constitution and legislation of Ukraine unequivocally give an answer to your question [whether martial law suspends the holding of elections in Ukraine]," he said during a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine in Kyiv, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian coast guard ships opened fire on a group of vessels of the Ukrainian Navy – two small-sized 'Berdiansk' and 'Nikopol' armored artillery boats and the 'Yany Kapu' tugboat – as they were leaving the Kerch Strait on Sunday evening. Prior to that, on Sunday morning, the 'Yany Kapu' (Yani Qapi) tugboat of Ukraine's Navy was rammed by a Russian coast guard ship while the Ukrainian vessels were carrying out a planned transfer from the port of Odesa to the port of Mariupol in the Sea of Azov.

The Ukrainian side said notification about the transfer plans had been done in advance in accordance with international rules to ensure safe navigation.