The Ukrainian parliament approved President Petro Poroshenko's request to introduce martial law in the border regions of the country for 30 days, starting from 28 November, after holding intense debates in Kiev on Monday.
During the vote, 276 lawmakers supported Poroshenko's request for the martial law, with a minimum of 226 votes being required.
Only specific areas of the country are to be put under the new regulations.
"These are the regions of Vinnytsia, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Kherson as well as the inland waters in the water area of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait," Poroshenko explained.
The move came after the Sunday's incident in the Kerch Strait, when Russia's Coast Guard had detained three Ukrainian vessels after they breached Russia's Black Sea waters.
According to Ukrainian authorities, their vessels had a right to pass freely over the Kerch Strait based on international law.
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