The sessions on the release of the Ukrainian sailors are planned in Hamburg for the beginning of May. Besides, the sessions on the violations of the rights of Ukraine by Russia are planed in The Hague in June as Olena Zerkal, the representative of the Foreign Minister reported on Facebook.
Besides, the Foreign Ministry will continue the lawsuits’ activity in the next months.
She described the schedule of the international and legal work for the future:
- April 23, in The Hague, the exchange of the opinions with Russia will take place. It will concern on the facts, how exactly they violate the immunity of the Ukrainian warships and sailors illegally detained and against which the investigative actions take place and how do we see the possible liquidation of these violations of the sea law”;
- On May 6-7 (preliminary) in Hamburg, the hearings at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on the demands of Ukraine to release the sailors and vessels. The decision is expected until the end of May;
- June 3-7 in The Hague, the week of hearings at the International Court of Justice will take place on the violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and ban of all forms of the race discrimination by Russia;
- On June 10-14 in The Hague, the hearings of the case of the violation of the rights of Ukraine as a coastal state by Russia will take place.
According to Zerkal, it is planned that Ukraine’s representatives will prepare with the professors and lawyers in the breaks between the sessions. Moreover, the agenda includes the consultations with the partners of Ukraine and help to the lawyers, who defend captured sailors.
“If Russian Foreign Ministry talks about “reboot”, my reaction is simple – no words are needed, just remove your own violations of the rights and compensate the damage. We will not allow you to pretend that you are not aware of irreparable harm you caused to us,” Zerkal emphasized.
On November 25, 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.
Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019, Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.