Yelchenko informs UN Secretary General about Ukraine’s request to International Tribunal

Yelchenko informs UN Secretary General about Ukraine’s request to International Tribunal

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Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko informed UN Secretary-General António Guterres about Ukraine’s appeal to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea demanding the immediate release of captured Ukrainian sailors.

“Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko informed UN Secretary-General António Guterres about Ukraine’s request to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea seeking immediate release of 3 Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 servicemen on board unlawfully seized by the Russian Federation in the Black Sea on 25 November 2018,” the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN posted on Twitter.

Ukrainian diplomats add that the text of the appeal will be published as an official document of the UN General Assembly.

As reported, Ukraine applied to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to force Russia to release the captured Ukrainian sailors.

On November 25, 2018, Russian security forces seized three Ukrainian Navy vessels in the Kerch Strait and captured 24 Ukrainian servicemen. Three of them were wounded in the attack.

Subsequently, the seamen were taken to Moscow, where they are held in the Lefortovo jail.

On April 17, Moscow’s Lefortovo district court will hold hearings on the extension of the arrest of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait.

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