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Ukraine Has Decided To Arrest 18 Foreign Vessels For Entering The Ports Of Crimea

Ukraine Has Decided To Arrest 18 Foreign Vessels For Entering The Ports Of Crimea

Ukrainian courts have decided to arrest 18 vessels for "violating the procedure for entering the ports of Crimea." Kyiv intends to put them on the wanted list and appeal to other countries to help implement decisions on arrests.

"The Prosecutor's office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (part of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, located outside the Crimea) addresses in court with petitions for the imposition of arrests on vessels that have violated the order of entry/departure from/to the occupied Peninsula. At the moment, 18 infringing vessels have been seized," the press service of the Prosecutor's office said on Thursday.

"The Prosecutor's office of the autonomy plans to apply to the Ukrainian Bureau of Interpol to enter such courts in the search database and send requests to foreign countries for international legal assistance in order to carry out arrests," the report says.

The Prosecutor's office recalled that Ukraine has considered calls of foreign vessels to the ports of Crimea a violation of the law since 2014. "The entry of vessels under a foreign flag into closed seaports on the territory of the Peninsula is qualified as actions that undermine the sovereignty of Ukraine and violate the norms of national legislation, which entails criminal liability of ship owners, operators, and captains of vessels," the press service of Kyiv explained, claiming that "vessels under the flag of Russia, sometimes - Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, that is, countries with which there is no international cooperation in this direction."

In March 2014, after the political crisis and coup in Ukraine, the Supreme Council of Crimea and the Sevastopol City Council adopted declarations of independence of the Republic. On March 16, a referendum took place in Crimea and Sevastopol, which resulted in 96.77% of residents of the Republic and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voting for reunification with Russia. On March 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed documents on the admission of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia. Ukraine refused to recognize the results of the will of the Crimean people.