Yenin, Chentsov to represent Ukraine in ‘maritime’ lawsuits against Russian Federation

Yenin, Chentsov to represent Ukraine in ‘maritime’ lawsuits against Russian Federation

President Volodymyr Zelensky has authorized Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhenii Yenin and Ukrainian Ambassador to the Netherlands Vsevolod Chentsov to represent Ukraine in lawsuits against the Russian Federation at the International Court of Justice and arbitration tribunals regarding the rights of a coastal state in the Black and Azov Seas, as well as the capture of Ukrainian sailors and vessels in the Kerch Strait.

The relevant decree, No.332/2020-rp, has been published on the website of the head of state.

“To authorize Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yevhenii Yenin as an agent of Ukraine for Ukraine’s lawsuits against the Russian Federation, which are considered by the  International Court of Justice (ICJ) on violation by the Russian Federation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and arbitration tribunals established in accordance with Annex VII of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea with respect to the rights of a coastal state in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, and the capture of Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews; and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Vsevolod Chentsov as deputy agent to represent Ukraine in the above mentioned cases," the document says.

As previously reported, Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhenii Yenin said that the Foreign Ministry will file a memorandum over the capture of sailors and ships in the Kerch Strait in November 2018 at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, after which it will report the details.

On November 25, 2018, Russian border guards fired on and seized three Ukrainian Navy ships, the Berdyansk, the Nikopol, and the Yany Kapu, heading from Odesa to Mariupol, near the Kerch Strait. In addition, their crewmembers, 24 Ukrainian sailors, were captured. Three of them were wounded. A Russian-controlled court in the occupied Crimea arrested the detained Ukrainian sailors on charges of alleged illegal border crossing.

On September 7, 2019, Ukrainian sailors returned home as part of Ukraine-Russia prisoner exchange.

On November 18, 2019, the Russian Federation returned the Berdyansk, the Nikopol, and the Yany Kapu ships to Ukraine in the Black Sea waters.


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