Statements against Russia to ECHR reinforces legal position of captured sailors, - lawyer

Source : 112 Ukraine

Nikolai Polozov assures that Ukraine will use all legal, political and diplomatic methods to release the sailors
22:18, 8 January 2019

The statement of Ukraine to the European Courts of Human Rights (ECHR) against Russia on the violation of the rights of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured by the Russian side near Kerch Strait in November 2018 reinforces the legal position of captured sailors. Nikolai Polozov, the lawyer who coordinates defense of the POWs reported that to 112 Ukraine.

“The filing of the lawsuit by Ukraine certainly reinforces the legal position of the sailors; the emphasis is put on the fact that apart from the violation of the Third Geneva Convention, Russia consistently violates the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and these actual violations are indicated in the complaint of Ukraine,” Polozov stated.

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At the same time, he mentioned that the procedure of making of the decision in the EU is somehow dragged.

“I still hope that the issue of the release of the Ukrainian captive sailors will be solved quicker by the political way than by an ordinary way of the procedures in the inter-state courts,” the lawyer concluded.

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He also reported that Ukraine would use all legal, political and diplomatic methods to release the sailors.

“According to the restrictive measures chosen agqinst all captivated sailors, the individual complaints will be filed as soon as we gather the necessary package of the documents. It is the work that should lead to the general result; the use of the legal, political and diplomatic methods is for the release of the Ukrainian sailors,” Polozov said.

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According to him, in case if Russia does not want to fulfill the decision of the EU immediately, then it will become some sort of the legal platform for the use of the further political and diplomatic pressure.

As we reported Ukraine submitted a full-fledged statement against the Russian Federation on the violation of the rights of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait in November last year to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

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On November 25, 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. 

21 Ukrainian sailors were delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, and three others ended up in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison, also in the Russian capital. On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.

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On December 26, Crimean 'Supreme Court' left all Ukrainian sailors under arrest.


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