Ukraine has extended martial law, which has been in effect since the end of February, by a further 90 days. In view of the Russian war of aggression, the parliament in Kyiv also voted to extend the general mobilization until August 23, as several MPs wrote in the Telegram news service on Sunday. A day later, on August 24, Ukraine traditionally celebrates its Independence Day.

Martial law gives the military extended rights and restricts civil liberties such as the right to demonstrate. Many experts see the duration of the state of war as an indicator of how long Kyiv is currently preparing for possible fighting.

The corresponding draft law was published last week at the suggestion of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Zelenskyi first declared the state of war on February 24, a few hours after Russia’s attack, and then had it extended twice by 30 days each. The general mobilization, on the other hand, applied immediately for 90 days.