Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says he can declare martial law in his country within hours, in case there is an advance on the Ukrainian army’s positions. Poroshenko spoke in the interview program titled “A year of Poroshenko”, dedicated to the anniversary of him being elected president after the previous leader was toppled in a coup. Ukrainian TV aired the program on Thursday night. He said he would sign a decree introducing martial law immediately, should there be an offensive against Kiev’s army in the east of the country:

“My key position: if the ceasefire is broken now, if the line of confrontation is crossed, if an advance against the Ukrainian armed forces is organized, at that very moment I will sign the decree on introducing martial law and pass it to parliament.”I have no doubt that within hours, martial law will be enacted,” Poroshenko continued, saying that it will allow Ukraine to “demonstrate its readiness for war, for victory, for defense and for peace.” The Ukrainian president claims that during his term the martial law protocol was significantly “improved.” FULL REPORT