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Ukraine asks partners to force Russia to fulfill Tribunal's decision on captured sailors

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea expects Russia to release Ukrainian, captured sailors until June 25
08:33, 2 June 2019

 

MFA of Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine applied to the countries-partners asking them to pressure on Russia so that they implement the decision of the UN Maritime Tribunal. Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin wrote this on Twitter.

“Today, we have sent applies to all the ministers of foreign affairs of countries of our friends and partners asking them to force Russia to fulfill the decision of the International Tribunal in Hamburg,” Klimkin stated.

Related: Not its jurisdiction: Russia reacts to ITLOS decision to release Ukrainian sailors
 

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

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.

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


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.

Related: ITLOS demands that Russia release Ukrainian sailors

 

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