Oleksandr Turchynov: If no full-scale military aggression is unleashed, martial law will not be prolonged
This was emphasized by Secretary of the National
Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov in an interview
with BBC News Ukraine.
"There were many speculations in the Russian media, in
the Ukrainian as well, especially in the one that still focuses on the
aggressor country, that this is an attempt to undermine elections, that it's
politics, not a security issue. The answer is very simple here - the election
process will begin in January as it was to begin, - Mr. Turchynov said. - From
the outset, the President has clearly said that elections will be held in due
time, and that martial law will not be prolonged unless there is full-scale
Oleksandr Turchynov also noticed that martial law in
effect differs significantly from its classical form, in particular, there was
no restriction on the rights and freedoms of citizens: "We have gone through
these restrictions without even preventive detention of fear-mongers and
The NSDC Secretary noted that martial law had been
imposed because of an act of direct military aggression of the Russian
Federation. "When demonstrative military aggression was unleashed, we could not
rule out that Russia would not stop at that point. In such circumstances, it is
necessary to make quick decisions and act, because the military machine, like
the country's entire power bloc, has rather high inertia", - he stressed.
According to the NSDC Secretary, martial law has
become a "stress test, global examination of the country, the extent to which
it is ready to mobilize all its resources: power, economic, human, in order to
counteract full-scale aggression". "In general, the country is ready to
counteract aggression, but many problems to be corrected urgently have also
been revealed", - he concluded.
If the aggression of the
Russian Federation still happens, Mr. Turchynov noticed, "martial law will no
longer be so soft - the whole spectrum of means will be engaged in accordance
with the Constitution and the law".