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A declaration of martial law would need to be
signed by President-elect Petro Poroshenko following his inauguration on June
7. He said after his election win on May 25 that he planned to end the conflict “in hours,
not months.” However, in a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Poland
on June 4, he took a softer tone, saying that he would seek a peaceful
settlement to the conflict in the east.

Poroshenko’s press team declined to comment on
the president-elect’s intentions regarding martial law until after his inauguration, and Ukraine’s
National Security and Defense Council said it would discuss the option only
then.

On June 4, Ukrainian forces gave up a State Border
Guards Service base that had been under siege by heavily armed pro-Russia insurgents for nearly
two days and a National Guards base that was attacked near Luhansk. Several servicemen were wounded in the fights, and a handful of insurgents were killed. Following
the assaults, insurgents made out with dozens of weapons and at least one
armored personnel carrier.

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