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Ukraine prepares lawsuit to UN international court due to Russia's aggression in Azov Sea

Earlier, the ECHR obliged Russia to provide information on the captured sailors, yet, the Russian authority never responded to that
11:55, 4 December 2018

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Ukraine is preparing a lawsuit to the UN international court due to the Russian aggression in Azov and Kerch sea waters, as the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said on air of “Svoboda Slova” on ICTV channel, the President’s press office reported.

“We are preparing a lawsuit to the UN international court due to the aggression action. This file has been placed on record. On the responsibility of the Russian Federation for the aggression against our state,” Poroshenko said.

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He stressed that the Ukrainian sailors acted in compliance with the international law and the Russian military committed an attack at our vessels in the neutral waters of the Black Sea.

Earlier, the ECHR obliged Russia to provide information on the captured sailors, yet, the Russian authority never responded to that.

Related: Russia’s Azov Sea attack on Ukraine planned in advance?

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: Putin not responded to Poroshenko's request regarding telephone conversation on Azov crisis

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. 

Related: Waterplane of Sea of Azov increases, rescuers warn of natural disaster

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