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Kiev addressed to tribunal because of taking of seamen


Ukraine submitted a claim against Russia to the International Tribunal for maritime law. The decision is expected within a month. Ukraine addressed to the International Tribunal for maritime law (ITLOS) with a request to enter measures against Russia with the requirement to release three ships and 24 servicemen who were captured at the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018. About it on Tuesday, April 16, the president Petro Poroshenko reported in Facebook. According to Ministry of Justice, according to the Convention of the UN on maritime law (UNCLOS), naval vessels and personnel on their board have absolute immunity. It means that the foreign states cannot arrest, detain and send them them under court. It is noted that on April 1 Ukraine informed Russia that it begins process of arbitration. The similar procedure in 2013 was started by the Netherlands after Russia seized the vessel and seamen Arctic Sunrise. However the Russian authorities refused to fulfill the requirement of ITLOS, obligatory for the parties, to release crew. Consideration of the case of ITLOS on the claim of Ukraine will become the following step in production. The ministry expects that hearings will be planned for the next several weeks, and the decision will be made soon after that. As transfers LIGA.net, the MFA expects that the decision of sea tribunal for the Ukrainian seamen will be made within a month. "According to practice, within two weeks hearings are carried out and within two more weeks the decision is made. We count on the decision on immediate release and return to Ukraine of our seamen and the ships within temporary measures", - the Deputy Foreign Minister Elena Zerkal told. She explained that a claim is submitted today as before representatives of the MFA prepared materials. She emphasized that it will be impossible to add new materials in process. Let's remind, on November 25 the Russian special troops seized two Ukrainian boats Berdyansk and Nikopol and Yana Kapu's tow on the way to the Kerch Strait. 24 Ukrainian seamen were arrested on a charge of "illegal crossing of border of the Russian Federation", three from them were wounded. All captured seamen said to the investigation that they are prisoners of war. News from the Correspondent.netv of Telegram. Subscribe for our https://t.me/korrespondentnet channel

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