Ukraine implements martial law after Russia seized Ukrainian naval vessels

Ash Murni / November 27, 2018

11,000 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have been killed in Eastern Ukraine.
(Kiev War Monument / Pixabay)

Ukraine’s government imposed martial law in designated areas of the country after a Russian act of aggression in the Black Sea.

Three Ukrainian naval vessels were fired on and then seized by Russian forces.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked parliament to take a vote on establishing martial law after the incident as a countermeasure.

According to the Honorary Consul of Ukraine for BC, Mir Huculak, the Ukrainian community in Vancouver are shocked especially since Ukrainians around the world are commemorating 85 years of Holodomor.

They are remembering a genocide in Eastern Ukraine where at least seven million people were starved to death due to Stalin’s soviet decree in the years 1932 and 1933.

“Ukrainians are a peace loving people and want to be left alone to develop their own country and govern themselves without Russian hostilities and stealing their territory.  Enough is enough.” – Mir Huculak, Honorary Consul of Ukraine for BC

The seizures of the Ukrainian naval vessels by Russian Federation warships have forced top officials in the United Nations to urge restraint between the two countries before it escalates to dangerous levels.

“The United Nations is deeply concerned about this escalation of tensions, which is taking place in the broader context of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea,” said Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

The sailors on the Ukrainian navy ships will be held by the Russian authorities for two months.

Tensions between the Ukraine and Russia have escalated since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
(Crimea / Pixabay)