The Residents of Chernigov Opposed the Imposition of Martial Law

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

11:40:09
29/11/2018

ukraina.ru

A protest action against the introduction of martial law took place in Chernigov, which fell under the decree on martial law.

This was reported on November 28th by the public figure Timofey Ivanov on his Facebook page, who posted a video from the place of events. According to the protesters, the Kiev regime made this decision under a fictional pretext because it is afraid of its own people revolting.

“It is afraid of a revolt against gas prices, utility tariffs, and taxes. Other regions of the country are also protesting against it,” noted one of the participants of the meeting.

The protesters demand to repeal all recent decrees, which, according to them, take away the current property of ordinary citizens, and also urged law enforcement bodies to protect the interests of their own people, and not Ukrainian leaders.

In the evening of November 26th the Verkhovna Rada approved by 276 votes the introduction of martial law in 10 regions of the country: the Vinnytsia, Lugansk, Nikolaev, Odessa, Sumy, Kharkov, Chernigov, Donetsk, Zaporozhye, and Kherson regions, and also the internal waters of the Azov-Kerch water area.

Now the authorities have acquired the right to introduce a curfew in these regions, to limit the entrance and departure of people, under the pretext of security, to forbid the holding of rallies and the activity of political parties, and also to withdraw the property of citizens for the needs of the army.

The opinion of a number of experts and politicians comes down to the fact that this decision was made for the purpose of delaying presidential elections for an indefinite period of time, and not at all because of the aspiration to ensure national security.

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Subsequently, panic started to spread in a number of cities of Ukraine. Thus, queues started to form in the shops of Kherson: citizens bought up all the essential products. A similar situation was observed in some districts of Kiev.

In Cherkassy (which does not even fall under martial law) inhabitants withdrew the money from all their cards, being frightened that banks will collapse because of the conflict situation with Russia, and in Nikolaev Ukrainians literally shook the dollar exchange rate, which in the afternoon on November 26th reached 35 hryvnia (nearly 84 rubles).

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