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Under the threat of full scale war..It's time for martial law...Ukraine's president went on national television to address growing fears of a reprisal of a military conflict with Russia.1. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during interview with Ukrainian broadcasters UPSOUND (Ukrainian) Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine: (++INCLUDES SHOT CHANGES++)"The number of Russian units deployed along the entire length of our border has dramatically increased. After the incident in the Sea of Azov, we had to provide Ukrainian Forces with a resistance capability in case there's a large-scale ground invasion. The flare up of tensions comes after Russian forces fired on Ukrainian ships Sunday. They seized the vessels and the some 2 dozen sailors aboard. Many have since been ordered jailed for two months, pending trials in Russia. //To counter the increasing tension, teh Ukrainian parliament voted for martial law in ten regions along the border for the next 30 days. It allows the government to mobilise citizens with military experience, control local media and strengthen border controls.And its a step that's been met with mixed reviews:. VOX SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Oleh Nesesyuk, Kiev resident: knowing that there have been attacks, and piracy from the Russian side, I think it is positive. We have to be prepared for the worst". 5. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Yulia, displaced person from Donetsk: Martial law was not declared before, in 2014, when they were shelling my native city of Donetsk. Then for some reason it wasn't imposed. The question is why now? I think it was done now because elections are soon. Moscow says Poroshenko is trying to drum up his popularity before next year's elections. While Kiev has blamed Putin for the very same thing: Hisapproval ratings are their lowest level, since they dramatically increased after the annexation of Crimea.
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