Russia Must Release Ukrainian Sailors by June 25 – Denisova
On May 25, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruled that Russia release captive Ukrainian sailors and return hijacked Ukrainian naval ships
The Russian Federation must comply with the decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and release the 24 captive Ukrainian sailors it illegally captured by June 25.
“As for prisoners of war, there is the order of the International Tribunal, and the Russian Federation must enforce it by June 25. I can report that the investigative activities are taking place, the expert examination is being carried out. Then there will be a closure of this investigation under the law of the Russian Federation, familiarization with the materials of the investigation and a transition to trial,” Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova said, Ukrinform reported.
On May 25, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruled that Russia release captive Ukrainian sailors and return hijacked Ukrainian naval ships.
Last year, on Nov. 25, three Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 sailors entered the Kerch Strait to make a transfer from Odesa to Mariupol. The Kerch Strait connects the Russian mainland to the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
In response to the Ukrainian naval vessels crossing the Kerch Strait, Russian security forces seized the three vessels and took the sailors aboard captive.
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