The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has informed the Arbitration Tribunal, which considers the dispute between Ukraine and Russia on the seizure of three Ukrainian ships and servicemen of the Ukrainian Navy by Russian security forces. The press office of the Ministry reported.
In an appeal to the Tribunal, the Foreign Ministry noted violations by Russia of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.
‘Ukraine noticed the continuing
Ukraine drew attention to the ongoing discriminatory prosecution of Ukrainian and foreign ships that plan to go through the Kerch Strait to Mariupol, Berdyansk and other Ukrainian ports,’ reads the message.
The Foreign Ministry noted that through the Arbitration Tribunal using all available legal means, it intends to appeal against the recent actions of the Russian Federation at the sea, - purposeful escalation of the conflict in the Kerch Strait, creating obstacles for shipping, unjustifiably long stops of ships going to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.
Reportedly, “Kyiv District Court” of occupied Simferopol arrested all Ukrainian sailors for two months.
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.
Kyiv demanded from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors are wounded and two of them were in the critical condition.
Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova named the exact number of the detained Ukrainian servicemen – 24. Moskalkova added that “procedural actions connected with the establishment of the facts of the events. If a military vessel enters the waters, certainly, this is a violation of the borders, this is a socially dangerous act, which demands a special qualification and procedure.”
Later it was reported that the Ukrainian servicemen taken captive in Kerch Strait are being forced to give false testimony. The Commander of Ukraine’s Navy noted that the lawyers have already met with this military.