Once they blocked Ukrainian President Poroshenko from addressing the Verkhovna Rada about his martial law ukase, he fled to his telephone to call the US for a sympathetic hearing with a promise of yet more sanctions, and to his Facebook page, where Tymoshenko couldn’t stop him.
Here is his latest post:
“I briefed the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo by phone on the introduction of a regime of martial law. We coordinated steps to further counteract Russian aggression against Ukraine, including in the Kerch Strait. The illegal actions of Russia are completely unacceptable and should receive the most severe reaction of the international community, including the strengthening of sanctions against the Russian Federation.”
Here is my translation of the news report giving the situation in the Ukrainian Parliament, headlined:
POROSHENKO FLED FROM THE RADA
Deputies staged a circus in the parliament: martial law: to be or not to be.
The leader of the party Batkivschina blocked the speech of President [Square]*
The Ukrainian leader fled from an emergency meeting at which he was to announce the introduction of martial law in the country. Before the disappearance, Petro Poroshenko spent about an hour in the parliament. However, he preferred to speak at another venue, where neither the leader of Batkivshchyna Party, Yulia Tymoshenko, nor the “leader” of the Radical Party, Oleg Lyashko, could not prevent him.
“Petro Poroshenko was in the Rada. He waited an hour to speak from the rostrum of the Rada. But since Lyashko and Tymoshenko blocked the procedure, he went and recorded an appeal on Facebook,” representatives of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenkosaid, as quoted in Ukrainian Pravda.
Oksana Syroid, deputy chairman of the Rada, also announced the escape of the head of state. She stressed that lawmakers were looking forward to hearing Peter Alekseevich.
“We wanted to talk with the president. The president ran away. He didn’t see the need to communicate with the chairmen of the factions and simply ran away from the conversation. He was in the office of the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada [Andriy Parubiy].
Today, November 26, parliamentarians gathered to approve the presidential decree on the introduction of martial law in Ukraine. But it did not work out. The deputies who blocked the rostrum demanded clarification. Then the deputies went on break.
[End, news account]
The reference to his appeal on facebook led me to find his Fb page. It has a picture of him standing with a mass of armed soldiery with the emblazoned text
“Martial Law For the Defense of Ukraine.”
It is in both languages, Ukrainian, and English, which I paste below. Note that in saying “as soon as the Russian soldier crosses the border” is an admission that there is not now a Russian soldier in Ukraine:
I thank the Ukrainian deputies for the support of my decree on the introduction of a martial law in Ukraine for a period of 30 days.
The introduction of a martial law is foreseen only in the case of the regular Russian troops’ ground operation outside the JFO and illegally annexed Crimea in the regions along the Russian border, the Transnistrian part of the Ukraine-Moldova border and along the Black and Azov seas. These are Vinnytsia, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, as well as Chernihiv, Kherson regions and internal waters of the Azov-Kerch water area. These are locations that could be targeted.
If we manage to avoid this scenario, the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens will not be limited. The decree envisages the right of the President, as soon as the Russian soldier crosses the border, not to lose a second to ensure the protection of the Ukrainian land.
*This word is apparently slang, i.e, “President Slangword”. It is not to be found in my Oxford Russian Dictionary.