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Russian Justice Ministry replies to ECHR request about Ukrainian sailors

Source : 112 Ukraine

24 Ukrainian seamen remain in the illegal detention in Russia
22:51, 11 December 2018

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Russia's Justice Ministry has responded to the official request of the ECHR about the current location of the Ukrainian sailors captured by the Russian Spetsnaz in Kerch Strait last month. TASS news agency reported that on Tuesday evening.

'The ECHR is informed on the whereabouts of the detained Ukrainian citizens, their access to the medical assistance and the light wounds that three of the detainees suffered. They were provided with the necessary medical assistance. The Ukrainian citizens did not complain about anything; the situation is under permanent control by the ombudsman in the Republic of Crimea, Moscow and the Russian Federation', the Ministry reported.

The Russian authority also charged the Ukrainian government with 'a number of procedural defects' while addressing them. The Russian side insists that Ukraine 'has been abusing the right for filing the interstate claims' and 'using the ECHR as a political tool'. 

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.   

‘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. 

Related: POW status implies 'special' model for releasing Ukrainian seamen, - Ombudsman

It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements. 

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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