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Ukraine to pass evidence of Russia's capture of ships in Black Sea to UN International Tribunal

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian agent in international affairs against Russia signed respective memorandum
23:13, 22 May 2020

Associated Press

Ukrainian agent in international affairs against Russia and Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin put his signature on a memorandum on the seizure of ships in the Black Sea in November 2018, as Ukrinform reports.

It is reported that the signing of the document took place today, May 22, during an online briefing. Further, the memorandum will be transferred to the UN International Tribunal.

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"Today, as stipulated by the procedures of the tribunal, we transfer our detailed legal position to the Arbitration Tribunal. This document is called a memorandum. The facts, photos, evidence and legal position are all systematically and efficiently presented," Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.

He emphasized that Ukraine does not seek revenge on Russia, but seeks justice "by all available means."

"Russia must answer for violating the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, for keeping our sailors in a Russian prison for nine months and for holding our ships for eleven months," the official stressed.

His deputy Yevhen Yenin said that the memorandum contains the legal position of Ukraine, which describes in detail what norms the Russian side violated, as well as a description of facts to confirm the legal position - testimonies of witnesses and experts.

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The memorandum is a confidential document, therefore, it cannot name a specific amount of damage. However, Yenin called the structure of the harm done: the damage to the Navy for the repair of ships, the inability to use them for a year, as well as material and moral damage caused to sailors held in jail for more than 9 months.

As reported, on November 25, 2018, Russian security forces fired at and seized three ships of the Ukrainian Navy: Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yana Kapu tugboat, which were heading from Odesa to Mariupol. 24 Ukrainians were captured, three of them were injured.

Ukrainian sailors were able to return to Ukraine as a result of the exchange of prisoners with Russia in September 2019.

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