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    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday it drafted arbitration proceedings against Russia for alleged violations of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and forwarded them to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    KIEV (Sputnik) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered the ministry earlier in the day to initiate the UNCLOS proceedings, nearly a month after Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin’s announcement.

    "Ukraine has initiated arbitration proceedings against Russia in accordance with the 1982 [UNCLOS] in order to protect its rights as a coastal state adjacent to the Crimea maritime zones in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait," the ministry said in a statement.

    The ministry added that it officially sent a notice of arbitration with the writ to the Russian Foreign Ministry related to the UNCLOS case.

    Crimea became part of Russia after almost 97 percent of those who voted in a local referendum on the issue in 2014 supported the move. Ukraine does not recognize the outcome of the referendum and accuses Russia of annexing the peninsula.

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