The session of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea began in Hamburg; the jury considers the case of the Ukrainian sailors captured by Russian special service in the Sea of Azov in November 2018.
Ukraine is represented by Olena Zerkal, lawyer Nikolai Polozov, Ukraine's Deputy Navy Commander and the Navy HQ Chief Andriy Tarasov; Russia refused to participate.
In November 2018, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.
All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.