voice of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine in the early hours of Monday morning, in favor of declaring a state of alert in the country for a period of 60 days, against the backdrop of the events of the Sea of Azov .
Ukrainian President Pietro Poroshenko expressed his support for the State of Preparedness Law, which is expected to be passed in parliament, and called on deputies to hold a closed session later in the day to discuss the issue of the state of alert.
Poroshenko said the imposition of a state of alert does not necessarily mean that Kiev"will carry out offensive operations, but will" take specific measures to defend its territory and protect and secure its citizens. "
He stressed that the law "will not limit the rights and freedoms of citizens and that its application does not mean immediate mobilization, but there will be training for compulsory military service in the first place."
He pointed out that the implementation of the law of preparedness, will not affect the situation in Donbass, "This law does not mean changing the position on the line of contact in certain areas of Donetsk, Lugansk and other areas."
"The implementation of the law does not mean that Kiev rejects political settlement and diplomacy in the crisis areas," he said. "We are committed to maintaining our international commitments, including the Minsk agreements."
For its part, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense announced that they put their armed forces in a "state of alert."
The Russian authorities announced on Sunday that three Ukrainian warships entered illegally into the territorial waters of the Kerch Strait, and carried out dangerous and provocative maneuvers near the Crimean Bridge, prompting the Russian navy to shoot and detain Ukrainian ships.
And it asked Russia to hold an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the situation in the Sea of Azov, on the background of the Ukrainian provocations off the Russian coast of Crimea.
At the same time, Kiev escalated tension in the southeastern Donbass, Ukrainian army shelled neighborhoods in the city of Donetsk, the capital of the People's Republic of Donetsk declared independence and the People's Republic of Lugansk unilaterally fromUkraine since 2014.