ITLOS obliges Russia to report on release of Ukrainian sailors no later than June 25

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine and Russia also pledge not to take any action that could aggravate the conflict
17:33, 25 May 2019
Russia is obliged to implement the decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea until June 25, 2019. The decision was made today, May 25, during a meeting in Hamburg, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"The Tribunal decided that Ukraine and the Russian Federation should submit to the Tribunal the initial report referred to in paragraph 121, no later than June 25, 2019, and authorizes the Chairman to request additional reports and information that he deems appropriate after this report", the text of the decision states.

Paragraph 121 obliges the parties to file a report on compliance with court decisions to the Tribunal within the prescribed time limit.

In addition, the tribunal instructed Ukraine and Russia to refrain from any actions that could aggravate or prolong the dispute.
Related: Kyiv expects Russia to fully implement UN Maritime Tribunal decision on Ukrainian sailors

The International Maritime Tribunal today, on May 25, demanded from Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and ships and ensure their return to Ukraine. Ukraine is counting on Russia’s speedy implementation of the decision.

We recall, on November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.

As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.
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