12:47 Nov. 21, 2016
In the initial days of the Russian invasion, martial law was not introduced in order to not sacrifice democracy in Ukraine
Martial law was not introduced in Ukraine in order to sustain a checks and balances system, the political competitivity and civil rights and liberties in the country, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko claimed on Monday, the UNIAN agency reports.
"Amid the external aggression I did not bow to pressure and did not resolve to introduce martial law," the Ukrainian leader said. Such a step would have significantly increased the president's authorities.
"But I was thinking not about myself, but about the country and the necessity to preserve and strengthen the thing which is the sign of European culture, a checks and balances system, the political competitiveness, the rights and liberties of the Ukrainian citizens, and the freedom of speech above all,' the president said.
The progress in developing the civil society is stunning in Ukraine, Poroshenko also added.
"The volunteers, the activists are not only strengthening Ukrainians as a forceful political nation. The are also guarding democracy, and the authorities undergo a strict civil control on each level and adequately react to the key remarks." the Ukrainian president noted.