Ukrainian President proposes extending martial law, general mobilisation

KIEV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed to Parliament to extend the current martial law and general mobilisation in the war-torn country, Ukraine,  for another three months.

The Ukrainian Parliament adopted martial rule following the commencement of the ongoing war with Russia on February 24 and has since extended it three times. Two independent proposals on extending the martial law and full mobilisation have been presented to Parliament for consideration.

In Ukraine, the general mobilisation of the populace began on February 24 and was extended for an additional three months in May.

On August 23, the legislation in Ukraine governing martial law and general mobilisation are set to expire. Two separate drafts on extending the martial law and general mobilization have already been submitted to the parliament, according to the parliament’s website. 

Kyiv imposed a Thirty-day martial law after Russia launched a special military operation against Ukraine on February 24. Since then, martial law has been extended twice.

On 20 March, President Zelenskyy first signed a decree that merged all national television channels into one platform due to martial law. That same day, he signed a decree suspending the activities of eleven opposition political parties, citing claimed ties to the Russian government, throughout the duration of martial law; the parties included the pro-Russian Opposition Platform,  for Life, the second-largest party in the Verkhovna Rada.

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