Ukrainian lawmakers approve introduction of martial law
They also voted to confirm that Ukraine would hold presidential elections on March 31.
The vote followed the capture of three Ukrainian vessels by Russia over the weekend, a crisis that threatened to pitch the two countries into open conflict.
Separately, the International Monetary Fund said introducing martial law would have no bearing on continued IMF cooperation with Ukraine. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Matthias Williams; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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