This was announced on Facebook by Olena Zerkal, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Ms. Zerkal underlined that Russia's refusal to participate in hearings “does not reduce the legitimacy of the case for release of Ukrainian sailors.”
On May 2, an official information on the refusal of Russian Federation to participate in hearings appeared on the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg) website.
“Whereas, by note verbale No. 1733 dated 30 April 2019 from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Federal Republic of Germany, the Russian Federation informed the Tribunal “of it’s decision not to participate in the hearing on provisional measures in the case initiated by Ukraine”, the document of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea says.
A hearing is scheduled for May 10, 2019 in Hamburg. The decision of the Tribunal will be made until the end of May.
On May 3, the President of Ukraine appointed a Ukrainian delegation at the hearing. The composition of the delegation can be found in the text of the Presidential Decree.
On April 17, the Lefortovo District Court of Moscow left 24 Ukrainian sailors-POWs under arrest until July 24, 2019.
Recall, on November 25, 2018, the Russian military seized three Ukrainian naval vessels off the coast of the Crimea – Berdyansk and Nikopol boats, and the Yana Kapu tug, which were heading from Odesa to Mariupol. As a result, 6 Ukrainian sailors were injured. In total 24 military sailors were detained and arrested.
Ukrainian captures sailors were charged under Part 3 of Art. 322 of the Criminal Code of Russia (illegal border crossing).
All arrested Ukrainian sailors declared themselves prisoners of war.