KIEV, Ukraine – President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, after being initially thwarted by a refusal to be heard by legislators, has finally succeeded in reaching a compromise with the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. Poroshenko had initially met with the National Security Council and had agreed with Turchynov to move forward with a 60 day Martial Law declaration, nation-wide. This 60 day imposition would have been able to be extended by approval of the National Security Council, not requiring an additional vote from the Rada.
In doing so, Poroshenko may very well intend to use the powers of Martial Law to silence opponents, declare an internal conspiracy of Russia in Ukraine to ‘hack the elections’ – a trope borrowed from Clinton in the U.S, and have the the presidential elections in March 2019 in such a manner that power is usurped nonetheless.
As FRN reported earlier, the Rada was so opposed to this proposal and in terms, that they refused to allow him to introduce it. He waited for a few hours to be allowed to speak, and then it was believed he left the Rada building.
Rather, it appears he proceeded behind closed doors with key parliamentarians – leaders of the various party blocs – and arrived at a compromise ‘solution’.
The new terms, which the Rada approved in a late session on the evening of the 26th, is a 30-day Martial Law imposition, with what proponents see as ‘critical constitutional guarantors’, and furthermore limited to certain regions of the country. The Rada has just approved the introduction of a 30-day Martial Law in certain regions of the country justified by the Ukrainian provocation in the Kerch Strait area.
Before the vote, Poroshenko addressed the nation on national television, stating that there was an existential and imminent threat of a land operation against Ukraine from Russia. According to him, he has an intelligence document, which describes in detail all the plans of the “enemy”, allegedly located several dozen kilometers from the border and ready “for an immediate invasion of the territory of Ukraine.”
Earlier, the president signed a decree that formalizes the decision of the National Security and Defense Council adopted on Monday night to impose martial law in the country for 60 days. The Rada, having a veto power over such a move by the constitution, pushed back, thwarting his efforts.
After a closed-door meeting with key parliamentarians, Poroshenko proposed to reduce the duration of martial law throughout the country by half, so as “not to disrupt the election of the head of state.” The new law will take effect from 9:00am (Kiev time) on November 28.
However, not all parliamentary party leaders are pleased with this ‘compromise’.
“Poroshenko has imposed martial law against his fellow citizens”, said Verkhovna Rada deputy Oleg Lyashko, and leader of the Radical Party, during a meeting of parliament.
“Poroshenko so fairly declared martial law that the train of chocolates Roshen sold and not imposed martial law. Dear Ukrainians, what Poroshenko suggested is not martial law, it deprives Ukrainians of all constitutional rights. Poroshenko imposes martial law on everyone Ukrainian, ” said the parliamentarian.
The Radical Party clarified that by decree of the head of state, citizens of Ukraine are deprived of the right to the inviolability of their home, non-interference in private life, freedom of the media, freedom of thought and speech, elections, the right to peaceful assembly, the right to property, work and education.
“Please tell me how the deprivation of Ukrainians of the right to education, the right to work, the right to earn, the right to speak their native language will help. Show me where is the opposition to the ‘Russian aggression’ ?”, Lyashko emphasized.
The deputy also expressed the opinion that Poroshenko intends to falsify the outcome of the presidential elections in March 2019 and usurp power.
“He is indifferent to martial law. His partners all come and go to Moscow as they please. Business both led him and he leads with it. Suddenly in the fifth year (from the beginning of the internal Ukrainian conflict in Donbass. – ed.) he saw the need to impose martial law – four months before the election, when he had a rating below the baseboard, he suddenly saw that martial law had to be imposed. To deceive all of Ukraine “, – concluded the deputy.
As FRN reported, on Sunday morning, ships of the Ukrainian Navy “Berdyansk”, “Nikopol” and “Yany Kapu”, proceeded to the Kerch Strait from the Black Sea, and violated the maritime border of Russia. The group did not react to the legal demands of the Russian border guards, engaged in dangerous maneuvers and were therefore detained. A number of Ukrainian sailors were injured.
Spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, called the incident “a very dangerous provocation that requires a serious investigation.”
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that Ukraine had violated international law, and promised that Russia would firmly stop any encroachment on its sovereignty and security.
Russia appeared to have played an end run around the UN Security Council, by rushing to raise an issue, bringing it before the council, on their grounds. Knowing that the US would gather the votes required to silence the issue being raised, Russia proceeded to use this against the US’ interest as Russia does not require a mediator to resolve matters relating to the defense of its borders under such conditions.