Press release

27 November, 2018

Martial Law Declared in Ukraine

Ukraine has declared martial law in part of the country after three of its naval vessels and 23 crew members were captured by Russia. 

Lawmakers backed President Petro Poroshenko’s request to introduce it into regions mostly bordering Russia and along the coast for 30 days starting from 28th November. As a result some port activities could be affected.

Meanwhile, Russia reopened the Kerch Strait to shipping on Monday 26th November. It was closed following the seizure of the Ukrainian vessels.

The naval clash, which occurred on Sunday 25th November, was off the coast of Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014. Russian coastguard ships opened fire before special forces stormed the Ukrainian vessels. After a heated debate in Ukraine’s parliament, 276 lawmakers voted in favour of martial law covering:

  • Five regions bordering Russian territory
  • Two regions bordering Moldova’s breakaway Transdnistria region
  • Three regions of the Black Sea/Sea of Azov coast

For now, the only official information is that Martial Law has been introduced for the period 28.11.18 to 25.12.18 and that it will influence citizens and business activity only in case of the direct military intervention.

We expect the official publication of the law today and will revert with updates.