Poroshenko: Martial law is over

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared an end to the martial law imposed after Russia seized three Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea.

Source: Beta, AP
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(Tanjug/AP, file)
(Tanjug/AP, file)

Ukraine announced martial law last month after Russian coast guards fired at and seized three Ukrainian ships and their crews, Beta reported on Wednesday, citing AP, and added that 24 seamen still remain in Russian custody.

"The incident is another episode in the conflict between the two countries that started in 2014 with Russia's annexation of Crimea," the report said, adding that Poroshenko's move was "widely seen as an attempt by the unpopular leader to score political points ahead of next year's presidential election."

Poroshenko said on Wednesday that Ukraine "boosted its defenses during the 30 days of martial law.

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