The International Court will consider the attack on Ukrainian sailors as the episode of the aggressive war that Russia wages against Ukraine - not the separate case. Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko added that the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies already prepared a presentation of collected evidence, which confirms the fact of military aggression of the Russian Navy against the Ukrainian ships.
Earlier, the Kremlin reported that the seized Ukrainian ships are the “physical evidence”. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson of the Russian President made such statement answering the question on the location of the Ukrainian artillery boats “Berdyansk”, “Nikopol” and tugboat “Yany Kapu” in occupied Kerch as UNIAN reported.
“I cannot answer your question. It is not the subject of attention (of Kremlin, - 112.international). It is, rather, the prerogative of the investigative bodies, which hold the investigation and charge and you need to appeal to them to get to know it. As far as we know, these boats are the physical evidence and they are relevant to the investigated case,” Peskov said.
As is known, three Ukrainian ships were on their way from Odesa to Mariupol to join the newly created Ukrainian naval base in the Sea of Azov. Russian naval vessels and aviation opened fire and wounded three Ukrainian servicemen. The ships and their crews were captured. Currently, 24 Ukrainian sailors face charges with ‘illegal border crossing’, as they stay in detention centers in Moscow.
Soon after this act of Russian aggression, the martial law was imposed in ten regions of Ukraine.