Martial law in Ukraine introduced from Nov 26, Turchynov clarifies
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has said martial law in Ukraine was introduced from 14:00 on November 26.
"The date of commencement of martial law in the resolution, for which the Verkhovna Rada voted, is November 26, 14:00," Turchynov said in a comment to UNIAN.
According to an explanatory note to the revised draft law "On the approval of the presidential decree on the introduction of martial law in Ukraine" promulgated on the website of the Verkhovna Rada, the head of state is proposed to introduce a martial law in Ukraine from 14:00 on November 26, 2018 for a period of 30 days to 14:00 on December 26, 2018."
In addition, according to an annex to the presidential decree published on the parliament's website, the head of state decided to "impose martial law in Ukraine from 14:00 on November 26, 2018, for a period of 30 days to 14:00 on December 26, 2018."
Meanwhile, the Cabinet's official gazette, Uryadovyi Kuryer, published an erroneous report as regards the period for which martial law was introduced. The newspaper stated it was 60 days instead of 30 days announced during the Rada vote.
The Cabinet of Ministers has already apologized for the confusing error and said those responsible would be reprimanded.
The decree will come into force from the date of its official publication.
Meanwhile, the status report on the Parliament website says the bill has not yet been signed by Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy. After the signing, the bill is yet to be forwarded to the President who will seal the draft into the law.
Only then can the law be published in official gazettes.