Golovan’s lawyer: In the fabricated “sailors’ case” against Poroshenko, the State Bureau of Investigation plays along with Russia

The State Bureau of Investigation (DBR) has refused to involve the decision of the International Maritime Tribunal in Hamburg in the so-called “sailors’ case” fabricated against Petro Poroshenko. This was announced by the lawyer of the fifth President Igor Golovan. The DBR decided to stall, and now suddenly Ukraine has lost in the international legal proceedings on the incident in the Kerch Strait, says Golovan.

“Society has already begun to forget about the ‘sailors’ case’ – a registered investigation for pushing the influence of Russia, in which DBR investigators are trying to prove that Ukraine and Ukrainian sailors are to blame for the Russian seizure of our ships,” Golovan wrote on Facebook.

“Meanwhile, the senior investigator of particularly important cases of the Main Investigation Department of the State Bureau of Investigation Sergeyev, on July 10, 2021, issued a resolution refusing to demand and attach a copy of the official text of the Decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea of 25.05.2019 to the case file,” said the lawyer.

“The tribunal then ordered Russia to immediately release Ukrainian sailors and ships captured in the Kerch Strait and return them to Ukraine. For two years of the “investigation”, the Decision of the international tribunal on the law of 25.05.2019 wasn’t even attached to materials of proceedings,” Igor Golovan stated.

The lawyer published the DBR’s response, which stated: “the dispute between Ukraine and the Russian Federation is still being considered, no final decision has been made.” “DBR investigators and their client very much hope that Ukraine will lose,” Igor Golovan summed up.

As you know, on May 25, 2019, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg announced the application of temporary measures against the Russian Federation for violating the immunity of three Ukrainian warships and 24 members of their crews. The meeting of the naval tribunal in Hamburg took place exactly six months after Russia seized the crews of two small armored artillery boats and a tug from the Ukrainian Navy in the Kerch Strait.

The case is being considered on its merits by the Arbitration Tribunal in The Hague, which has jurisdiction over all disputes between Ukraine and Russia under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

On May 21, 2019, the State Bureau of Investigation, at the request of former Deputy Chief of Staff of the Yanukovych-era Presidential Administration Andriy Portnov, who returned to Ukraine after 5 years in hiding abroad, opened a case against Petro Poroshenko for transferring a Ukrainian Armed Forces ship from Ukraine in November 2019 in the Black Sea in the Sea of Azov near the Kerch Strait.