On 24 February 2022 Russia launched a 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥-𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐔𝐤𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞, which represents an act of war, a gross violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the UN Charter and the fundamental norms and principles of international law.
𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚’𝐬 𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐠𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐔𝐤𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞 is not only the greatest violation of international law, it is a violation of the basic principles of human co-existence. It is costing many lives with unknown consequences ahead of us.
Russian aggression is already bringing extremely dire consequences for international maritime shipping.
𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐒𝐞𝐚, several merchant ships have already suffered from the illegal actions of the Russian naval forces. Global supply chains have been disrupted. 𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐔𝐤𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐟𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐲𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 to their families. Seaports of Ukraine are currently blocked by Russian Marine forces.
At the same time, Russian invaders made 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧𝐬 and property of other states. We have 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐲 𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬 at commercial ships under flags of Bangladesh, Marshal Islands, 𝐌𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐨𝐯𝐚, 𝐏𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐔𝐤𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞.
On 24 February 2022 𝐁𝐮𝐥𝐤 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐫 “𝐘𝐚𝐬𝐚 𝐉𝐮𝐩𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫” (IMO 9843132) under the flag of the Marshall Islands, was hit by a missile (bomb) in the area of the port of Odessa. It was going from Ukraine to Romania. There were no victims. The ship continued its route.
On 25 February 2022:
𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦/𝐯 “𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐮𝐫𝐚 𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧” (𝐈𝐌𝐎 𝟗𝟖𝟒𝟏𝟐𝟗𝟗) 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐥𝐚𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐚 went underway to the Ukrainian seaport “Pivdenniy” to receive a shipment of grain. While in transit in the Black Sea, the cargo ship was struck on its stern side by ordnance fired from a Russian warship. The explosion caused a fire on the ship. One of the crew members (among 20) received a slight injury to his shoulder.
𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦/𝐯 “𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭” (𝐈𝐌𝐎 𝟕𝟑𝟗𝟐𝟔𝟏𝟎) 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐥𝐚𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐨𝐯𝐚, at the anchorage of sea port “Pivdenniy” was hit by two Russian missiles. After missiles hit all the crew members left the vessel. The missiles hit caused a powerful explosion, the superstructure burned out.
As a result of the attack of Russian warships on the 𝐙𝐦𝐢𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐢 𝐢𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝, according to preliminary information, 𝟏𝟑 𝐔𝐤𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝. Later, there appeared information that they are alive in Crimea, but we have no officially proved information about them.
On February 26, 2022, a rescue ship “𝐒𝐀𝐏𝐅𝐈𝐑 ’’ arrived in the area of Zmiyiniy Island to evacuate the victims and the bodies of Ukrainian border guards. The civilian rescue vessel was captured and detained by Russian warships during this humanitarian mission.
There is currently no connection with the rescue vessel.
Please note that the actions of the warships of the aggressor country are a 𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 international humanitarian law,𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐰 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐲, including The Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.
On February 27, 2022 in port 𝐕𝐥𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐤 (𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐅𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧)
𝐔𝐤𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐟𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐛𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐝 of foreign flagged vessel. There is currently no connection with him.
On February 28, 2022 𝐒𝐞𝐚 𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐞𝐫𝐝𝐲𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐤 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐡𝐢𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐞. As the result of attack dredging caravan under the flag of 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐨𝐯𝐚 got damages. The seaport infrastructure was also severely damaged.
Today there are 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 9𝟎 𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐟𝐥𝐚𝐠𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐔𝐤𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐅𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧.
Ukraine 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡-𝐰𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐒𝐞𝐚 to ensure the safety of civilian seafarers and ships.
On March 2, 2022 at the 363rd anchor station, the Russian military attacked a foreign ship.: the 𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐤 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐒𝐚𝐦𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐝𝐡𝐢 under the flag of 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐡. There were 𝟐𝟔 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐰𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬 on the bulk carrier, people from Bangladesh and China. One crew member was killed (citizen of Bangladesh).
On March 02, 2022 we received information that the ships of the Russian Navy demanded from the civilian ship “𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐓” (𝐈𝐌𝐎 𝟖𝟒𝟎𝟐𝟓𝟖𝟗, 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐚), under threat of fire, to enter the dangerous zone for navigation to use this civilian ship as a shield for Russian Navy’s paratroopers deployment.
On March 3, 2022 m/v “HELT” was attacked by the Russian warship and sunk in 20 miles to the South from Odesa.
Such actions of the Russian Navy are a violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and can be described as piracy.
Thus, the crew members of mentioned ships, port workers, Ukrainian seafarers, being under the protection of 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐚 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐖𝐚𝐫, have suffered violation their rights by the Russian Federation, indicating non-compliance with the aggressor country’s legal obligations in relation to civilians.
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As you understand, the situation in the region is incontrollable. Therefore, we kindly ask you to communicate with government and all shipping companies of your country to temporarily stop shipping in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov until the situation stabilizes.
Moreover, you can contribute to bringing peace to Ukraine.
In response to the actions of the Russian Federation, World Society has united to provide support and assistance to Ukraine. Today 141 country and 13 international organizations support Ukraine providing support and adopting broad range of sanctions against Russian Federation.
We kindly ask you to help expand the sanctions against the Russian Federation.
The work of companies, vessels, and seafarers of the Russian Federation in maritime shipping, among other things, brings income to the budget of the State aggressor and supports its occupying army, which is already killing civilians and military forces of Ukraine and destroying peaceful cities and critical infrastructure of Ukraine. Therefore, we ask for your help in communication with your government with the aim to exclude ships of the Russian Federation (owned by Russian companies or individuals) from shipping registries of your countries, call your companies to stop business with the Russian Federation, and terminate MoU’s on recognition of the seafarer’s certificates/diplomas with the Russian Federation.
𝑶𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒐𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒆 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒑 𝑹𝒖𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝒊𝒏𝒗𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒏 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒍i𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅. 𝑼𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒍 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒐𝒐 𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒆…