Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed an act introducing martial law after Russia’s seizure of three of Kiev’s navy vessels.
“President Poroshenko has signed the law,” spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.
Ukraine’s parliament on Monday voted in favor of the president’s request for the introduction of martial law in border areas for 30 days.
There was some confusion over when exactly martial law entered force, however, with some officials saying that it had already begun on Monday. The presidential spokesman was not immediately reachable for comment.
Poroshenko called for the move after Russian forces fired on, boarded and captured three of Kiev’s ships on Sunday off the coast of Crimea.
He warned on Tuesday that Ukraine risked “full-scale war” with Russia and the country’s armed forces have been put in a state of full combat readiness.
Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman told parliament on Wednesday that “we must always be ready to counter the aggression of our enemy, which not long ago was our neighbor”.
Martial law is being adopted in 10 regions that adjoin either Russia’s borders or areas controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, as well as along the coast of the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.