Ukraine seeks European court intervention against Russia

The move follows the incident in late November when Ukrainian sailors were hurt and detained by Russian authorities

Ukrainian Deputy Justice Minister Ivan Lishchyna

Ukraine wants the European Court of Human Rights to condemn as illegal Russia's recent capturing of the crews of several Ukrainian naval vessels, Ukrainian Deputy Justice Minister Ivan Lishchyna said on Monday. In a post on his Facebook page, Lishchyna announced the Ukrainian government filed a statement for the case with the Strasbourg-based court demanding the "the court to acknowledge the fact of the violation by the Russian Federation of the rights of 24 Ukrainian seamen during the illegal attack."

With this Ukraine is seeking the immediate release of the captured sailors, who, according to Russian authorities, unlawfully crossed into Russian territorial waters.

The scandal erupted after Russian forces opened fire against the Ukrainian sailors in late November, near the disputed Crimea region. Since then relations between the two countries have plummeted to an all-time low.

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