The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will announce the decision on the case of three ships of the Ukrainian Navy and 24 sailors approximately on May 25. The chair judge stated this before closing the hearing, as Ukrainian News agency reported.
“The approximate date of judgment concerning this case is scheduled on Saturday, May 25, 2019. The parties will be informed about any changes to the date”, the report said.
According to the report, Ukraine asked the International Tribunal, as a temporary preventive measure, to force Russia to release the captured vessels and the sailors immediately, to close the criminal proceedings against Ukrainians and not to open them anymore.
According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the foreign states cannot arrest, detain or subject to legal proceedings the navy vessels.
In November 2018, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked 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. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.
All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.