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Ukraine: Martial Law

Following a maritime confrontation in the Crimean Peninsula between Ukraine and Russia, the parliament of Ukraine has voted in favour of the application of martial law in a number of border and coastal regions. Regions covered by martial law are: Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, Chernihiv, Kherson, as well as the internal waters of the Azov-Kerch area. Martial law began on 28 November 2018 and will last 30 days.

The imposition of martial law permits the Ukrainian government to impose a wide range of measures if deemed necessary, including placing a ban public gatherings and limiting the movement of Ukrainian nationals as well as foreign nationals.

Due to the uncertain security situation, New Zealanders are advised to be vigilant and avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning. We recommend staying informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and following any instructions issued by the local authorities.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders in the Ukraine do not travel to Donetsk and Luhansk regions due to ongoing violent conflict and the volatile security situation, or to Crimea due to the uncertain security situation. New Zealanders should exercise increased caution elsewhere in Ukraine, including Kyiv, due to the unpredictable security situation and potential for civil unrest.

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