Viktoriia Voitsitska, “The President is being illogical and inconsistent. In 2014, when Ukrainians were killed in Ilovaisk, when terrible things were going on at the front, he opposed the imposition of martial law.
Back then he argued his position by the impossibility of obtaining financial support from international institutions in such conditions, among other things. Why isn’t anybody thinking about this now, or has Ukraine become independent from receiving the next IMF tranche, which is to be transferred after the adoption of the budget for 2019?
The second thing that the President spoke about in 2014 was the fact that a ban would be imposed on the supply of weapons and dual-use products, while we needed to win the war and therefore needed to receive military support in the form of modern weapons from partner countries. Do we no longer need to receive such support?”
But the key thing, according to Viktoriia Voitsitska, is the fact that Russian aggression did not all of a sudden occur on November 25, 2018. The war with the seizure of territories, active hostilities and killings began in 2014. Aggressive actions at sea, including the Sea of Azov, were also observed in 2014 and February 2017.
“A logical question arises: why has the President decided to support the idea of martial law only now? Secondly, why aren’t we still talking about the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the defence of the state during the war?” concludes the MP.