30 Nov 2018 11:27

Poroshenko wants security in Odesa region to be increased amid martial law

KYIV. Nov 30 (Interfax) - Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov suggested introducing additional security measures in the country's Odesa region at a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko on Friday.

"I propose taking extra measures in Odesa," Avakov said, citing a recent attack on the Civil Position party leader and former defense minister, Anatoliy Hrytsenko, in this city.

Poroshenko gave his full support for the proposed measures.

"As part of our decisions regarding martial law, we will certainly step up our presence in the Odesa region in order to maintain order there," he said.

Martial law has been introduced in Ukraine's Vinnytsia, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, and Kherson regions and also Ukraine's internal waters in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait for 30 days until December 26.

Poroshenko also said that the Armed Forces would be redeployed in Ukraine in light of this situation.