On Monday, Feb. 19, Ukraine submitted its Memorial in Arbitration Proceedings against the Russian Federation under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, according to the press service of Ukraine’s MFA.
It is noted that since 2014, Russia “has unlawfully excluded Ukraine from exercising its maritime rights; it has exploited Ukraine’s sovereign resources for its own ends; and it has usurped Ukraine’s right to regulate within its own maritime areas. Through these violations of international law, Russia is stealing Ukraine’s energy and fisheries resources, harming the livelihoods of Ukrainian fishermen, and blocking traffic to Ukrainian ports with its illegal bridge over the Kerch Strait, among other serious violations”.
Ukraine asks the Tribunal to end the Russian Federation’s violations of UNCLOS and vindicate Ukraine’s rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait, including by ordering Russia to respect Ukraine's sovereign rights in its own waters, to cease its theft of Ukraine’s resources, and to pay reparation for hydrocarbon resources Russia has wrongfully taken, among other relief.
According to the press service of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, he signed the order on the representation of Ukraine in the legal proceedings in the International Court of Justice regarding the violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena Zerkal will represent Ukraine in the ICJ.
“Today is another stage. We have drafted the order on the representation of Ukraine in the legal proceedings concerning Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereign rights in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait,” President Poroshenko said.
The President emphasized that “it doesn’t concern Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea”: “This issue is out of discussion and nobody doubts it. It goes about the protection of the economic interests of Ukraine and private investors whose property in Crimea was confiscated”.
In his turn, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin noted that the Memorial is the result of a 3-year work of a powerful international team which included renowned international experts, lawyers, and academicians. The document has almost 500 annexes. He added that the given Memorandum was the first and in June, there would the memorandums under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.