Zelenskiy to extend Ukraine martial law

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy first imposed martial law on February 24. -EPA

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy plans to extend both martial law and conscription in Ukraine for a further three months.

Ukrainian parliamentary support for the measures, listed in proposals published on Wednesday, is regarded as secure and so martial law appears set to continue in the country until August 23, the eve of Ukrainian independence day.

Zelenskiy first imposed martial law on February 24, just hours after Russian tanks first rolled over its borders, and he has since extended it twice by 30 days.

Experts consider the planned length of time martial law is imposed as a good indicator of how long the government expects fighting to last.

with reporting from DPA