Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said this on the air of Ukraina TV channel, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.
“Martial law is introduced in the country for two main reasons, namely: aggression against Ukraine and an open aggression threat. We had two things in one: Russia’s aggression against Ukraine’s naval forces in the Kerch Strait, as well as large groups of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine... Thanks to the measures stipulated by the martial law, for two weeks the troops received more than 100 pieces of equipment. Until the end of martial law, we plan to get more than 200 pieces of equipment,” Poltorak said.
At the same time, he stressed that over the past four years Ukraine had done everything possible to restore the fleet’s combat capability.
As reported, on November 25, Russian border ships committed aggressive actions against Ukrainian vessels that set sail from the port of Odesa to the port of Mariupol. Russian special forces fired on and captured three Ukrainian vessels and 24 sailors in the Kerch Strait.
On November 26, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a law approving the decree of the President of Ukraine on the imposition of the martial law for 30 days in 10 regions of Ukraine in connection with the aggression of Russia.
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