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Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, Andriy Parubiy has signed the bill on the approval of the presidential decree "On the introduction of martial law in Ukraine."

Parubiy forwarded the bill to be signed into law by President Poroshenko., according to the law page on the parliament's website.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that martial law in 10 regions of Ukraine would be in effect until December 26.

The need to introduce martial law in Ukraine is due to the threat of a full-scale war with Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said during an interview with Ukrainian TV channels.

“We have clear data that this [the attack on Ukrainian Navy boats] is only the beginning,” Poroshenko told journalists, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

Martial law is a special legal regime providing for the granting of special powers to state authorities necessary to prevent a threat. This is about a temporary restriction on the rights and freedoms of citizens, as well as temporary restriction on the legitimate interests of legal entities.

During the martial law regime, military and civilian authorities are given wider powers that allow them to use human and material resources for their needs. The "authorities" means the entire military command – from the General Staff to the leadership of individual units, as well as the entire vertical of power – from the president and the Cabinet of Ministers to village councils. Decisions can be made both at the central and at the local levels.