Ukraine provided the appeal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) about illegal activity of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping in occupied Crimea as Ukraine’s Embassy to the UK reported on Facebook.
“On July 3, the Ukrainian delegation informed the states-members of IMO about the fact of illegal provision of the services of the conventional check and certification to the vessels of temporary occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea for their further registration under the Russian flag by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS),” the message said.
Moreover, the representative of Ukraine and delegations of 30 states-members of IMO, particularly, the UK, Estonia, Germany, Norway, the U.S., Finland, and Sweden urged Russia to immediately fulfill the order of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on release of illegally captured Ukrainian vessels and 24 members of their crews.
In April 2018, Ukraine asked the member countries of the International Maritime Organization not to recognize the illegal actions of Russia in the waters of the Black Sea.
We recall, on November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.
As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.