Kyva: Martial law is another attempt to stay in power for Poroshenko

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The introduction of martial law is another tool of the current government to stay on their positions, Head of the Socialist Party of Ukraine (SPU) Illia Kyva said.

"Martial law is one of the scenarios proposed by political consultants to [Ukrainian] President [Petro] Poroshenko, in order to remain in power. It is another tool. However, this will be his last trump card," the SPU head said.

In his opinion, the 10 regions, where martial law was introduced, were not chosen by chance, and the explanation of the authorities that "they border the aggressor country is only a way to influence electoral moods.

"The government assures that the regions where martial law has been imposed are most at risk because they border the Russian Federation. However, if you look at the rating of the president in these areas, it is clear that it is equal to zero. And elections in the merged territorial communities are coming ... All this [martial law] is another way to influence the results of the voting," Kyva said.

The politician recalled that martial law was not introduced in 2014, when it was most needed.

"Crimea, Ilovaisk, which became the bloodiest history at that time, and then Debaltseve. We needed to protect borders, territories, but neither [Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr] Turchynov, nor Poroshenko then introduced martial law, because it was inconvenient for them," he said.

At the same time, the head of SPU said that at present, the priority issue is the release of captured sailors.

"The key issue is the release of 23 sailors. One of them is 19 years old. He is a child! Today, the authorities use the lives of our children to their advantage," he said.

As reported, from November 26 to December 26, 2018 martial law was imposed in 10 regions of Ukraine.

According to the schedule, on December 2, December 9 and December 16, in 10 regions of Ukraine, where martial law was introduced, it is planned to hold nine intermediate or repeated local elections scheduled by the relevant territorial election commissions, and on December 23, 45 first local elections in the merged territorial communities, scheduled by the CEC, and seven interim local elections will be held. At the same time, Article 19 of the law of Ukraine on the legal regime of martial law expressly prohibits the holding of elections, referendums, strikes, rallies and making amendments to the Constitution.