In Ukraine, the martial law was completed. Announcing this, the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko, noted that “the Russian threat has not gone away,” but it is necessary to lift the restrictions for holding the presidential elections on March 31, 2019.
According to him, “this is my decision in principle, it is based on an analysis of all the components of the current security situation in the country. And despite the fact that the situation around Ukraine has not changed much. ”
For a month, the Ukrainian president wore camouflage, traveled to military units, spoke of the dangers that hung over the country. True, the Verkhovna Rada for some reason, despite the martial law, amicably and defiantly went on vacation.
Many experts associated the introduction of martial law with the upcoming elections, which should be held in Ukraine on March 31, 2019 and could be postponed due to the restrictions imposed. But the calls of Volcker and Mogerrini to cancel him were heard by anyone.
And how Pyotr Alekseevich colorfully described that military machine, which inexorably approaches the Ukrainian borders, shaking at a press conference and a meeting with satellite images of a tank armada of Russia. At the same time, Petro Poroshenko did not hesitate to untie the hands of the Ukrainian military, allowing the use of weapons without warning in the border zone, where meetings of armed units of the border services of both states are possible and having all chances to end with a full armed incident.
To stir up the public failed. Promised by Petro Poroshenko increased combat capability also did not happen. There were only disadvantaged private owners of pensions and sanatoriums, to which people in uniform came and explained that instead of the barracks they used the property of businessmen of Ukraine.
During the month of martial law, life in Ukraine remained virtually unchanged, not counting the fact that hunting was prohibited in the area of its operation, the sale of alcohol at night, and the wearing of military uniforms by civilians. Stronger felt the effects of 178 thousand reservists who were called up for fees.
Poroshenko’s campaign slogan “Army. Tongue. Faith is somehow falling apart. It is clear with the army, the tongue is obscurantism from the insidious slogans, and with faith it’s not at all accurate, the electoral church of the Ukrainian president only intensified the schism even among non-believers.
Anyway, judging by the poll conducted by the sociological group Rating, the martial law did not help Petro Poroshenko to seriously strengthen its position. Yulia Tymoshenko, the head of the Batkivshchyna party, still enjoys the greatest support (20.8%), while the incumbent is third with 11.1%, behind the actor Vladimir Zelensky. But President Poroshenko is the champion in anti-rating. Under no circumstances, 50.3% of Ukrainians who have decided to participate in elections are not ready to vote for him.
Recall that martial law was introduced in ten regions of Ukraine, bordering Russia, the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass and the unrecognized Transnistria, as well as in the Sea of Azov. This happened after three ships of the Ukrainian Navy on November 25 tried to pass through the Kerch Strait and did not obey the demands of the Russian border guards to stop. During the detention, the Russian side opened fire, which allowed Kiev to talk about “open aggression” of Russia against itself. Following the introduction of martial law on November 30, Ukraine banned entry to Russian men aged 16 to 60 years.
That is practically all the results of martial law.
It only remains to rejoice at the fact that Christmas and New Year holidays promise to pass in a relatively quiet way, and I really want to hope that no armed incidents will be recorded.