KIEV, Ukraine – Kiev began the preparation of combat aircraft under the martial law enforcement in a number of regions of the country, reported the People’s Police chief of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk, Yakov Osadchy.
“According to our data, the Nikolaevsky aircraft repair factory, part of the Ukroboronprom consortium since November 24, has switched to wartime mode of operation,” he said.
According to information released by the police chief of the republic, as of November 26, all factory employees, or about 500 people, work daily without leaving the company.
“The management organized the shifts to restore the Il-76 and Il-78 planes and to carry out the average repair of the Su-24 fighters,” he said, citing data available to the Lugansk People’s Police.
At the same time, he stressed that a number of military industry factories have already begun work on the regime of martial law.
The Il-76 is a heavy military transport aircraft, while the Il-78 is a military resupply aircraft, and the Su-24 is a tactical fighter-bomber.
The parliament of Ukraine, the so-called Supreme Rada, approved on Monday the decree of Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko authorizing the introduction of martial law for 30 days.
The measure was taken after three Ukrainian ships, Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu, breached the Russian border and were subsequently detained along with 24 crew members by the Russian border guard. A Russian court ordered the arrest of 15 crew members on Tuesday.
This also comes as Ukraine has limited the entry of Russian citizens between 16 and 60 years of age, wrote the Ukrainian president, Pyotr Poroshenko, on his Twitter.
According to Poroshenko, the measure aims to prevent Moscow from “forming private armed detachments in Ukraine”.
The measure was proposed on Monday by the Border Guard Service of Ukraine, which suggested introducing the limitations while martial law is also being enforced.