On June 10, 2019, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague will begin a hearing of Ukraine and Russia dispute over the rights in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. This information has been published on the court’s website.
On the day of the hearing, the representatives of Russia will speak from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 17:30 with the possibility of additional time from 17:30 to 18:00. Ukraine’s representatives will speak on a similar schedule on June 11.
The second stage of the oral debate will take place on June 13 when Russia’s representatives will speak from 9.30 to 13.00 representatives of Russia will speak. On June 14, 2019, from 14.00 to 17.30 word will be given to the Ukrainian side.
The whole process will be broadcast online on the arbitration website.
In 2016, Ukraine turned to the arbitrator due to a violation by Russia of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
In November 2018, at the coast of the Crimea, Russian border guards fired and captured three Ukrainian Navy ships heading to Odesa from Mariupol. 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained, three of them were injured.