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Ukraine sends ECHR full statement against Russia's actions during Azov crisis

The Ukrainian government asks the ECHR to recognize the illegal actions of Russia near the Kerch Strait
22:12, 7 January 2019

Conflict in Sea of Azov
TASS

Ukraine submitted a full-fledged statement against the Russian Federation on the violation of the rights of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait in November last year to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Ivan Lishchyna, the Deputy Minister of Justice - Commissioner for the ECHR announced that on Facebook page.

"The secretariat of the ECHR representative finishes an intergovernmental statement against Russia regarding the violation of the rights of Ukrainian sailors on Christmas Eve. The Government of Ukraine executed the court instructions and filed a full statement on January 7, 2019 in case # 55855/18".

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Lishchyna specified that the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine demands "that the ECHR recognizes the violation of the rights of 24 Ukrainian sailors during an illegal attack on Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018, their illegal detention and criminal liability. "

“The Government of Ukraine believes that in this case Article 2, 3, 5, 6 and 38 of the Convention were violated,” he stressed.

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Earlier we informed that during the attack in the Kerch Strait on November 25, Russian soldiers fired on Ukrainian ships with a large-caliber cannon. The lawyer Ilya Novikov reported this on the Ekho Moskvy radio station, citing the words of his client, the Ukrainian sailor Roman Mokryak who was detained as a result of the incident.

“The Russian side is trying to pose this situation to us like this: ”We have seen that they violate the border, we must stop it ...” This “must stop” resulted in firing from a large-caliber cannon. According to the observations of my client Roman Mokryak, about 1,200 shells were fired," Novikov noted.

He added that the Russian border ship Izumrud was firing at the Ukrainian ships. To avoid shelling, the Ukrainian ships began to disperse at sea, and one of the Border Guard ships of the Russian Federation went after Berdyansk, one of the Ukrainian vessels.

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