: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Martial law in Donbas – cons and pros

Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) Vasyl Hrytsak states that Ukraine`s main challenge related to the war in Donbas is balance, 112 Ukraine TV Channel reports.

”On the one hand, we are seeing that there is an ongoing war in the east of Ukraine, that is de jure called ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation]. But it`s still war, because even now, in violation of Minsk agreements, heavy artillery is active, and people are dying. Meanwhile, de facto, the Ukrainian society, Ukrainian political elite, political leadership allow for mass rallies to be held,” Vasyl Hrytsak said.

Head of the SSU states that it would have been easier for the country to deal with the problems in the East, if martial law was imposed:

”But in this case, we would have gone more than a dozen steps back in our Euro-Atlantic aspirations, as this would have automatically assumed introduction of censorship, the ban on assembly, re-election and much more. Therefore, this is the biggest challenge,” said the head of the SSU.


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