What Does Martial Law in Ukraine Mean?

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Miroslava Berdnik

Martial law in Ukraine means the following:

  1. In the event that martial law is introduced, able-bodied citizens have a labor duty for the purpose of performing work of a defensive nature.

  2. A curfew on the territory where martial law is imposed.

  3. A specific regime of entrance and exit.

  4. Verification of documents, examination of things, vehicles, and so forth.

  5. Martial law allows the state to control the activity of the media, cultural institutions, and printing houses.

  6. Natural persons and legal persons are obliged to provide space for quartering of military personnel should the need arise.

  7. The military command can ban the activity of parties and public organisations if they threaten security, territory, the independence of the country, or the life of citizens.

  8. It is impossible to dismiss the parliament or to announce the impeachment of the president in a state of martial law. This also applies to most ministers, judges, the prosecutor’s office, and local governments.

  9. Martial law will also allow to cancel diplomatic agreements with the enemy and to seize the property of the aggressor that is on the territory of Ukraine.

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