A hearing on the seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait has begun in The Hague
Hearings have begun in The Hague on the seizure of Ukrainian warships in the Kerch Strait. Currently, the main purpose of the hearing is to recognize the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation.
This is a special arbitration court, which is to review the events of November 2018, and Ukraine wants to be prosecuted and compensated, because there was a robbery and continued detention of the Ukrainian military in prison.
The case will be considered within the framework of the UN Convention, which was signed by both parties (Russia and Ukraine), so there are certain rules for resolving any disputes.
What is known
- The arbitration tribunal of the UN International Court of Justice on October 11 began hearings in the case of Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors in the Kerch Strait in November 2018.
- On November 25, 2018, the Russian military rammed, fired on and captured Ukrainian boats Berdyansk and Nikopol and the tug Yani Kapu, which were heading from Odessa to Mariupol through the Kerch Strait.
- On September 7, 2019, the sailors were exchanged and returned to Ukraine. On November 18, Moscow returned to Kyiv the Ukrainian ships seized near the Kerch Strait.