The European Court of Human Rights rejects the request of Ukraine for provisional measures concerning the incident with the Kerch Strait

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MOSCOW, February 22. / TASS /. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rejected Ukraine's request for interim measures on the detention of Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait on 25 November 2018, the Russian Ministry of Justice said in a statement released on Friday. website has been published.

"The arguments and material of the Ukrainian authorities did not persuade the ECHR to comply with their request.The court came to the conclusion that the request did not contain any new arguments and was comparable to the previous one already decided by the Russian authorities. responded fully, "the statement reads.

In February 2019, the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice submitted an additional request to the ECHR to move the arrested Ukrainian naval vessels to Ukraine to receive medical care. The Russian Ministry of Justice pointed out that the Kiev authorities had doubts about the quality of medical treatment received by the sailors in Russia, referring to the conclusions of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, but their request was based on information from the lawyers and relatives of the sailors.

In January 2019, Ukraine filed a lawsuit against Russia against the ECHR and demanded that the arrest of the sailors be declared unlawful.

Kerch Strait incident

On 25 November 2018, three Ukrainian navy ships illegally crossed the Russian border and attempted to carry out some illegal actions later in the day in Russian territorial waters. They ignored legitimate demands to stop issuing ships from the FSB Border Service and the Black Sea Fleet and maneuver dangerously further. To stop the Ukrainian ships, weapons had to be used. The three ships were detained in Russian territorial waters.

A criminal investigation was opened to the border incident. The crew members of the Ukrainian ships – 24 Ukrainian citizens – were arrested. They are accused of violating the Russian border under Article 322.3 of the Russian penal code. If they are found guilty, they can be in jail for up to six years.

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