UMBA's letter to CMI and NMLAs

26 February, 2022, 12:21

TO:      (1) Comite Maritime International

            (2) Presidents of National Maritime Law Associations

 

Re Russian military invasion on the territory of Ukraine

Dear Sirs, Dear Presidents,

 

It has passed 8 years since the day Russia has occupied the Crimean Peninsula and part of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblast territories in the east of Ukraine.

24th of February 2022 has become a day when Russia has started the full-scale war on all territory of Ukraine.

The reasons for such invasion are fake! Considering the everlasting story of the Ukrainian people, the success of such an operation is doubtful! Ukraine and Ukrainians are unlucky to stop fighting for their freedom in all respects!

It’s a shame that we must prove this again to the Russian aggressor. We will withstand! However, it would be easier for us if we would see that all the global society will stay side by side with us and support us by all means.

Ukrainians today defend not only their territorial integrity, which was guaranteed by the countries of the Budapest memorandum, including the aggressor Russia, and those values, which the whole world has been trying to embrace since World War II. And if Ukraine does not withstand this confrontation, it will be the defeat to the entire civilized world

The global society will threaten the principles of democracy and international peace and security if the countries today are afraid to provide Ukraine with sufficient support and continue economic and diplomatic relations with Russia.

Russian authorities today, yet another time, are showing that they are not caring about all principles of democracy and security. They openly pursue the deceivable policy and disinform the Russian people as well as the whole world.

We will speak openly now and in the future about all events, and we will do everything possible that the persons guilty of the war crimes at the territory of Ukraine will appear before the war tribunal. 

Today the whole world should relentlessly engage all diplomatic, military and economic means against Russia, in the same way Russia is using the “Grad” rocket system against the civil Ukrainians at all territory of our country.

This is why the actions of all countries should be directed to the full-scale support of Ukraine and become destructive to Russia, as their rockets, tanks, airplanes and helicopters striking all Ukrainian territory.

In this regard, we appeal to You with an exceptional plea to put the maximum pressure in order for Your governments not just to be confined by their declarations of concern about the events in Ukraine but would be more decisive in their actions in order to help Ukraine and bring peace to everyone. Today there is no room for considerations about the extent of the economic unfavourable to Your countries. Today there is only room for recognition that the next precedent could not be the last and then the whole world will cover the chaos of the war actions.

On behalf of Ukrainian citizens, we would like to ask for international support and the following actions:

  1. Close the seaports to all without exceptions vessels and ships under the Russian flag. This is to show disagreement with years-long and current blockage of all seaports of Ukraine, as well as the invasion of the Serpents Island and occupation of Crimea. Two more merchant ships were hit by Russian attacks in the Black Sea. Japanese bulk carrier MV Namura Queen was hit by a rocket at anchor off Yuzhne. Moldovan chemical tanker MV Millennial Spirit hit and set on fire 12 miles to the south.
  2. Prohibit the Russian airplanes to fly above the territory of Your countries.
  3. SWIFT cut-off, embargo on the import of Russian oil and gas, as well as support other economical sanctions in the strategic to the Russia fields, as it is using their super profits to conduct the war in Ukraine and other hot zones.
  4. Suspend Russia’s participation in all international organizations.
  5. Completely block Russian state media to transmit in Your countries - they spread lies and disinformation to your citizens. 
  6. Provide to Ukraine financial, military and humanitarian assistance.

To stop the war, the world needs to introduce sanctions with immediate effects. Every day of delay means the death of innocent people.

Besides, any person or entity could help the Ukrainian Army by making a donation to a special multi-currency account created by the National Bank of Ukraine has opened.

For donations in USD:
BENEFICIARY: National Bank of Ukraine
BENEFICIARY BIC: NBUA UA UX
BENEFICIARY ADDRESS: 9 Instytutska St, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 400807238
BENEFICIARY BANK NAME: JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, New York
BENEFICIARY BANK BIC: CHASUS33
BENEFICIARY BANK ADDRESS: 383 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017, USA
PURPOSE OF PAYMENT: for crediting account 47330992708

For donations in EUR:
BENEFICIARY: National Bank of Ukraine
BENEFICIARY BIC: NBUA UA UX
BENEFICIARY ADDRESS: 9 Instytutska St, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 5040040066
IBAN DE05504000005040040066 
BENEFICIARY BANK NAME: DEUTSCHE  BUNDESBANK, Frankfurt
BENEFICIARY BANK BIC: MARKDEFF
BENEFICIARY BANK ADDRESS: Wilhelm-Epsteinn-Strabe 14, 60431 Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
PURPOSE OF PAYMENT: for crediting account 47330992708 

For donations in GBP:
BENEFICIARY: National Bank of Ukraine
BENEFICIARY BIC: NBUA UA UX
BENEFICIARY ADDRESS: 9 Instytutska St, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 40000982
IBAN GB52CHAS60924280033041 
Sort code 60-92-42 
BENEFICIARY BANK NAME: JP MORGAN CHASE BANK NA, London
BENEFICIARY BANK BIC: CHASGB2L
BENEFICIARY BANK ADDRESS: 125 London Wall, London EC2Y 5AJ, UK
PURPOSE OF PAYMENT: for crediting account 47330992708 

For donations in CHF:
BENEFICIARY: National Bank of Ukraine
BENEFICIARY BIC: NBUA UA UX
BENEFICIARY ADDRESS: 9 Instytutska St, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0700-01227572
IBAN CH32 0070 0070 0012 2757 2 
BENEFICIARY BANK NAME: ZURCHER KANTONALBANK, ZURICH
BENEFICIARY BANK BIC: ZKBKCHZZ80A
BENEFICIARY BANK ADDRESS: Josefstrasse 222, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland
PURPOSE OF PAYMENT: for crediting account 47330992708 

 

For donations in AUD:
BENEFICIARY: National Bank of Ukraine
BENEFICIARY BIC: NBUA UA UX
BENEFICIARY ADDRESS: 9 Instytutska St, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 81753-2
BENEFICIARY BANK NAME: RESERVE  BANK OF AUSTRALIA, Sydney
BENEFICIARY BANK BIC: RSBKAU2S
BENEFICIARY BANK ADDRESS: GPO Box 3947, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
PURPOSE OF PAYMENT: for crediting account 47330992708

For donations in CNY:
BENEFICIARY: National Bank of Ukraine
BENEFICIARY BIC: NBUA UA UX
BENEFICIARY ADDRESS: 9 Instytutska St, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 447-0-946243-6
BENEFICIARY BANK NAME: STANDARD CHARTERED BANK, Hong Kong
BENEFICIARY BANK BIC: SCBLHKHH
BENEFICIARY BANK ADDRESS: GPO Box  21, Hong Kong
PURPOSE OF PAYMENT: for crediting account 47330992708

For donations in CAD:
BENEFICIARY: National Bank of Ukraine
BENEFICIARY BIC: NBUA UA UX
BENEFICIARY ADDRESS: 9 Instytutska St, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 3144-1044-166
BENEFICIARY BANK NAME: BANK OF MONTREAL, Toronto
BENEFICIARY BANK BIC: BOFMCAM2
BENEFICIARY BANK ADDRESS: 100 King Street West, 24th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5X 1A1, Canada
PURPOSE OF PAYMENT: for crediting account 47330992708

For donations in JPY:
BENEFICIARY: National Bank of Ukraine
BENEFICIARY BIC: NBUA UA UX
BENEFICIARY ADDRESS: 9 Instytutska St, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 653-0430048
BENEFICIARY BANK NAME: MUFG BANK LTD, Tokyo
BENEFICIARY BANK BIC: BOTK JP JT
BENEFICIARY BANK ADDRESS: 1-2-3, Nihombashi HONGOKU-CHO, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 1003 -0021 Japan
PURPOSE OF PAYMENT: for crediting account 47330992708

 

We are sincerely grateful to everyone and each of You for any support of Ukraine and Ukrainians in their strive to the free living and democracy!

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Denys Rabomizo

President of Ukrainian Maritime Bar Association


PDF version of the letter.

 

Ukrainian maritime bar association