08 January 2019, 16:22

Ministry of Justice of Ukraine filed application with ECHR. Russia violated five articles of Convention for Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms capturing Ukrainian sailors


Ukraine filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights regarding the capture of Ukrainian sailors from the Kerch Strait by Russia.

Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine, Commissioner for the ECHR Ivan Leshchina made a corresponding statement, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice.

In this application, the government demands that the court recognize the violation of the rights of 24 Ukrainian sailors by the Russian Federation during an illegal attack on Ukrainian ships, wounding and capturing sailors in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018, as well as to recognize their detention in penitentiary institutions of the Russian Federation and their prosecution as unlawful.

The Ukrainian government believes that actions of the Russian security forces violated articles 2 (the right to life), 3 (prohibition of torture), 5 (the right to liberty and security of person), 6 (the right to a fair trial) and 38 (Examination of the case) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

7 січня Мін'юст подав заяву до Європейського суду з прав людини щодо захоплення Росією українських моряків.У цій заяві…

Опубліковано Міністерство юстиції України Вівторок, 8 січня 2019 р.

Earlier lawyer Nikolai Polozov stated that during the winter holidays, the FSB officers intended to put pressure on the captured Ukrainian sailors. According to him, the purpose of the FSB is to induce prisoners of war for confession of committing a criminal offense, self-incrimination or slander some of their comrades.

Reference: On November 25, 2018, the Russian border guards rammed a Ukrainian tugboat Yany Kapu, which was heading along with boats Nikopol and Berdyansk from Odesa to Mariupol. After that, Ukrainian vessels were fired. Three Ukrainian sailors were injured. All 24 Ukrainians were captured and arrested in the annexed Crimea until January 24, 2019. Later they were transported to Moscow. Three of the wounded were taken to the hospital in the Seaman’s Silence Prison, the rest in the Lefortovo detention center. All seamen held by Russia recognized themselves as prisoners of war.