Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba said that Kiev, when resolving the incident in the Kerch Strait in November 2018, intends to achieve justice by all available means
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The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry submitted to the UN International Court of Justice a memorandum with claims against Russia in connection with the detention of ships and their crews in custody at the entrance to the Kerch Strait in late 2018. This is stated in the message of the department on Facebook.
An online briefing in connection with the filing of the memorandum was held by the head of the department Dmitry Kuleba. “We do not want revenge, we want justice. And I, as a minister, and a team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government, the President’s Office, our legal advisers, the Office of the Attorney General, are all, every body involved in this process, we want only one thing – justice, and we will seek this justice with all available means for us, ”he commented on the lawsuit.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, an agent of the republic in international courts in cases against Russia, Yevgeny Yenin said that the trial in the tribunal could drag on until 2023. “The decision on the further course of the consideration will be made by the arbitration tribunal, which, respectively, can either divide the process into two stages – jurisdictional and, in fact, or combine them into one and consider it as a whole. We are awaiting the decision of the tribunal during the end of 2022 – the beginning of 2023, ”he said, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
On November 5, 2018, the FSB border service detained the Ukrainian warships Berdyansk, Nikopol, and Yany Kapu while trying to sail along the Kerch Strait. As stated in Moscow, they entered the territorial waters of Russia and did not respond to warnings, in Kiev they denied this. The ships were detained and taken to the port of Kerch. The crews – 24 sailors – were arrested on charges of illegally crossing the border, they were placed in the Moscow Lefortovo pre-trial detention center.
In April 2019, Ukraine appealed to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which on May 25 of the same year ruled that Russia should free sailors and ships. Moscow refused to participate in the hearings and recognize the jurisdiction of the tribunal in matters related to “military activities”.