As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by Security Service of Ukraine Head Vasyl Hrytsak in an interview to 112 Ukraine.
"The major challenge is the balance. On one hand, we see the war in the east of Ukraine, which is de jure titled ATO [anti-terrorist operation - ed.], but it's a war, because even now, in violation of the Minsk agreements, heavy artillery is operating and people are being killed. De facto, the Ukrainian society and the Ukrainian political elite, political leadership allow going on mass demonstrations. The people have the right to protest," he said answering the question about SBU's challenges in connection with the Donbas war.
Hrytsak believes Ukraine "would have been able to fight its problems in the east of the country if martial law has been introduced."
"But in that case we would have made dozens of steps back in our Euro-Atlantic striving, because it [martial law - ed.] stipulates for censorship, ban of meetings and re-election and much more. So this is the biggest challenge. Russia acts not only in the ATO area, but across Ukraine," the head of SBU said.