Ukraine Considers Martial Law After Russian Naval Action, Ahead of Elections

RUSSIA UKRAINE
Three Ukrainian ships are seen as they docked after been seized ate Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Kerch, Crimea, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. The Ukrainian parliament is set to consider a presidential request for the introduction of martial law in Ukraine following an incident in which Russian coast guard ships fired on Ukrainian navy vessels. Courtesy / AP Photo
RUSSIA UKRAINE
Three Ukrainian ships are seen as they docked after been seized ate Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Kerch, Crimea, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. The Ukrainian parliament is set to consider a presidential request for the introduction of martial law in Ukraine following an incident in which Russian coast guard ships fired on Ukrainian navy vessels. Courtesy / AP Photo

Ukraine Considers Martial Law After Russian Naval Action, Ahead of Elections

On Sunday, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported that three of its ships near the straits that divide the Black and Azov seas were fired upon and boarded by Russian special forces. Russia opened a multi-billion-dollar bridge over the straits earlier this year to connect mainland Russia to Crimea, which it annexed from Ukraine amid conflict in 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced soon after that he would request an unprecedented state of martial law in Ukraine, even after being in a suspended state of war with Russia and Russian-backed rebels for over almost 5 years. Over 10,000 people have died in the conflict. Poroshenko is up for re-election next spring, and is trailing in the polls because of heightened corruption allegations. To discuss the war in Ukraine and the backdrop of corruption, we’re joined by Daria Kaleniuk, executive director of the Anti-Corruption Action Center in Ukraine.