The Ukrainian government appears to be moving swiftly to impose martial law in its restive eastern regions after heavily armed separatists seized control of two bases and a border crossing in Luhansk Oblast that could be used to funnel fresh fighters and weapons from Russia into Ukraine.
A declaration of martial law would need to be signed by President-elect Petro Poroshenko following his inauguration on June 7. He said after his election win on May 25 that he planned to end the conflict “in hours, not months.”
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(Photo: Ukraine defence ministry)