28 Листопада 2018

Russia Neglected the Immunity of Ukrainian Warships on the High Seas (Map)

RF attacked and seized Ukrainian warships in the international waters of the Black Sea, outside the line of the state border of Ukraine at sea, which is temporarily not controlled by Ukraine as a result of the occupation of the territory of AR Crimea.

This is evidenced by the location of the military vessels “Berdiansk”, “Nikopol”, and “Yany Kapu” at the time of the firing and detention by military units of Russian Federation.

According to Art. 95 of the Convention on the Law of the Sea warships on the high seas have complete immunity from the jurisdiction of any State other than the flag State.

According to the definition contained in UN General Assembly resolution 3314 of 14 December 1974, an attack by the armed forces of one state on the naval forces or navy of another state is an aggression.

We emphasize that all detained Ukrainian servicemen are protected by the norms of international humanitarian law, in particular the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, 1949.

Persons who organized and committed an act of aggression and boldly violate international humanitarian law should remember the inevitability of punishment.

The experience of modern international conflicts proves that the “sword” of justice ultimately gets not only “pawns” and “cogs”, but even heads of states.