Russian sailors detained at a tanker in Izmail (Odesa region, southern Ukraine) have been released. The ship remains in Ukraine, but the crew walks free. Denys Holenko, the press officer of the Russian Embassy in Ukraine said this, as quoted by Interfax news agency.
According to the media reports, Russia sailors are being transported to Moldova; then, they will go to Russia.
Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) along with Military Prosecutor’s Office detained Russian tanker which blocked Ukraine's ships Nikopol, Berdyansk and Yany Kapu in Kerch Strait last autumn, as SBU press office reported.
On July 24, NIKA SPIRIT tanker entered Ismail seaport under the Russian flag. It has been already identified as NEYMA tanker, which was used to block Kerch Strait in 2018.
SBU group, military prosecutors and border guards completed a search on the tanker to define actual circumstances of the case, seized the documents, logbooks.
Besides, the members of the crew were questioned; documents were seized.