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Russia does not reply to ECHR request on captured Ukrainian sailors

The court obligated Russia to give an answer by Monday
22:26, 3 December 2018

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The Russian authorities haven’t provided the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) an information about the detained Ukrainian sailors. The ECHR representatives claimed this, as UNN reports

The response to the sent request indicates that, as of Monday 18:00, December 3, the court didn’t receive a response from Moscow to the request for the condition of the prisoners of war. 

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‘The court hasn’t received answers from the Russian government,’ the ECHR reported. 

Earlier, the ECHR obligated the Russian Federation to provide information about the captured sailors in accordance with Rule 54 of the Rules of Court. The information should have been provided by Monday. 

As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against 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.   

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‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message.    

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It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine.   

The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law. 

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