Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko recollected the times when Russia was laughing at the attempts of the international organization to force them to release Ukrainian sailors. Yelchenko urged Russia to fulfill the decision of the Maritime Tribunal. The diplomat wrote this on Twitter.
“When the UN General Assembly called on Russia to release our sailors and ships in the resolution 2/3 votes, their delegation called this decision “ridiculous attempt.” Had fun? Implement the decision of the UN Tribunal now!” Yelchenko stated.
Taking into account the victory of Ukraine in the case on the release of Ukrainian sailors, which was reviewed by the UN Maritime Tribunal in Hamburg on March 25, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to UN emphasized that he laughs best who laughs last.
We recall, on November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.
As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.