Ukraine: Poroshenko ends martial law, continued tensions with Russia

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced the end of martial law in the country’s border regions that was imposed last month after Russia seized Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea. “Today, right now, at 2 p.m. martial law ends. This is my principal decision,” Poroshenko said during a military cabinet meeting in Kyiv on December 26. Poroshenko said he had reached the decision “based on an analysis of all the components of the security situation in the country.” On November 26, Ukraine’s parliament backed Poroshenko’s request to introduce martial law after Russian forces fired on Ukrainian ships and seized 24 Ukrainian nationals near the Kerch Strait. The seamen remain in Russian custody and are facing criminal charges of illegally crossing Russia’s border.

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