Ukraine moves to European rights court against Russia
Ukraine has filed a complaint against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights for firing on three of its ships and boarding them on Sunday, the court said.
A court statement on Friday said Ukraine had asked it to intervene to ensure the wellbeing of its sailors. Moscow accuses them of illegally crossing the Russian border and failing to comply with orders to stop.
"The Ukrainian government has asked in particular that Russia provide medical care to the wounded sailors and provide information on the state of health of the crew members. It also asks that the sailors be treated as prisoners of war," the statement said.
The complaint, the fifth by Ukraine against Russia since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014, could take several months or years to be dealt with by the court.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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