Poroshenko doesn't rule out martial law and mobilization

19:47, 18 August 2016
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko states that martial law may be imposed and mobilization will be announced should the situation in eastern Ukraine and Russia-occupied Crimea aggravate.

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"In the event of the exacerbation of the situation in the east and in Crimea [...] we will have to impose martial law and order mobilization," he said at a ceremony commemorating pilots killed in the ATO zone, which was held in the town of Brody in Lviv region.

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