Ukraine is counting on Russia’s speedy implementation of the decision of the United Nations International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, according to which Moscow is obliged to release three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors captured in the Kerch Strait area in November 2018. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Olena Zerkal.
"We expect that Russia will quickly and fully comply with the demand of the Tribunal. Let me remind you that Russia did not participate in a similar case named Arctic Sunrise, but quickly freed people," she said.
At the same time, Zerkal added that the order of the Tribunal is a clear signal to Russia that it cannot violate international law with impunity. "The detention of three warships and 24 military personnel on board is a gross violation of the immunity of warships in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and under general international law," she said.
Earlier, the UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea issued a decision that ordered the Russian Federation to release three Ukrainian ships and 24 Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait area in November 2018, and allow them to return to Ukraine.
“The court considers it necessary to demand that Russia immediately release three detained Ukrainian ships - Nikopol, Berdyansk and Yana Kapu, 24 detained sailors, and allow them to return to Ukraine,” said Tribunal President Park Jin Heong.
The decision was supported by 19 judges. One voted against - Russian judge Kolodkin.
Russia did not send its official representative to the hearing, and also refused to provide materials, but according to the current international law, it is still obliged to comply with the decisions taken by the court.