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UN tribunal orders Moscow to release Ukrainian sailors, ships

Andrew Blake The Washington TimesMay 25, 2019

The Russian government was told by a United Nations tribunal on Saturday to immediately release three Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 sailors that had been captured near Crimea six months earlier.

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea announced its members voted 19-1 in favor of ordering Moscow to relinquish the two warships and tug boat and their two dozen crewmen, ruling for Kiev in a victory awarded days into the administration of newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

“Having examined the measures requested by Ukraine, the Tribunal considers it appropriate under the circumstances of the present case to prescribe provisional measures requiring the Russian Federation to release the three Ukrainian naval vessels and the 24 detained Ukrainian servicemen and to allow them to return to Ukraine in order to preserve the rights claimed by Ukraine,” said Jin-Hyun Paik, a South Korean jurist and the tribunal’s president.

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