November 26, 2018 / 1:22 PM / 15 days ago

Ukraine president decrees martial law, pending parliamentary approval

KIEV, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on Monday to introduce martial law for 60 days, a statement on his website said, though it needs parliamentary approval to come into force.

The decision came a day after Russia fired at and captured three Ukrainian vessels, triggering a sharp escalation in tensions between the two countries.

Ukraine’s parliament is expected to debate the decree later on Monday.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams Editing by Gareth Jones

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