Ukraine News: The President explained why the reduced period of validity of martial law for 30 days.
Validity period of martial law was changed immediately after the debate in the Council on the rights of voters.
This was stated in an interview with & # 39; nd Ukrainian television channels, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
According to him, the President's draft decree on martial law was approved by the National Security Council unchanged, based on the proposals of military, which took into account the necessary measures to ensure the immediate protection of the country. At the same time, taking into account the discussion in the Verkhovna Rada on the violation of electoral rights of citizens, the period of martial law was changed immediately.
"As soon as we heard the discussion that perhaps the project proposed by the military, can disrupt the electoral rights of citizens, I immediately prepared a draft changes, limiting the period of martial law within 30 days, in order to not break the schedule of elections. Everyone saw it my proposal it was in the text of my speech. But there were strange things, rather than to listen to the President, to discuss and vote 16.20-16.30 … instead of worrying about the protection of the state began the election farce and chaos. I imagine if there was a aggression, and we have n ryyshli to the Board, and our tanks would be sitting before providing opportunities offered by the military situation, to sit and wait until there were discussions of this kind of course, I went to the parliament, issued a statement, said that this is my principled position -. protection of the rights citizens, including the election, "- Poroshenko said.
He noted that among the critics of the decision to impose martial law immediately there were 276 votes "for" as soon as the question was raised of responsibility.
Asked about support for the decision to impose martial law, the Western partners of Ukraine, the President noted that there is an understanding of the decision, which was adopted by the National Security Council.
"We see the absolute support and understanding of the decisions that have been taken by the Military Cabinet, National Security and Defense Council, the President yesterday by the Verkhovna Rada. I separate stress that yesterday, when the decision was made, we will stand firm on the position of protection of constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens including voting rights, "- Poroshenko said.