Seizure of Ukrainian sailors in Kerch Strait: Ukraine to file memorandum to Arbitral tribunal

Source : 112 Ukraine

The document contains witness of sailors, results of expert studies, which are the basis of Ukraine’s claims to Russia
15:11, 18 May 2020

Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yevhen Yenin

At the moment, Ukraine holds the preparation of memorandum for the Arbitral tribunal on the seizure of sailors and vessels in Kerch Strait by Russia in 2018, as Radio Liberty reported citing Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Yevhen Yenin.

“We are at the final stage of agreement of the proper memorandum. It is not just a text; it is evidence, the witness of our sailors; it is the results of particular expert studies, which are the basis of our claims; it is the guarantees of the end of the criminal persecution toward our sailors, who could not be prosecuted by the Russia side, certainly; it is the issue of the compensation of material and moral nature,” Yenin stated.

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Considering the particular demands of the regulation of the arbitration, the diplomat refused to reveal particular sums of details of the memorandum.

Meanwhile, the official noted that Ukraine will succeed to file the mentioned document in terms.

One of these days, the term will end for Ukraine to file of memorandum to the Arbitral tribunal on the seizure of vessels and sailors in Kerch Strait.

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As it was reported earlier, 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.

On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov, and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

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