On May 25, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), which is based in Hamburg, Germany, issued its ruling on the case filed by Ukraine against Russia in the matter of the Ukrainian servicemen and ships seized near the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018. By a vote of 19 to 1, the court ruled: 1) “The Russian Federation shall immediately release the Ukrainian naval vessels Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yani Kapu, and return them to the custody of Ukraine” and 2) “The Russian Federation shall immediately release the 24 detained Ukrainian servicemen and allow them to return to Ukraine.” The lone judge voting against the ruling was Russian. The bad news is that, though the maritime court’s decisions are legally binding, there is no enforcement mechanism.
Release Ukraine’s servicemen
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