Seamen detained at Russian tanker in Izmail seaport walk free, - Ukraine’s Security Service

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ship remains in detention, but the crew can leave Ukraine; even if the investigator summons them for an interview, they are considered witnesses in this case. As of 5.30 p.m., the sailors were on their way to Moldova; next, they are to head for the Russian Federation
17:38, 25 July 2019

Russian tanker NIKA SPIRIT

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.

Related: Ukraine detains Russian tanker which blocked Ukrainian ships in Kerch Strait, - video

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.

Related: No further attempts of Ukrainian military vessels to cross Kerch Strait – General Staff’s Head

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.

Related: Russian MFA ‘investigates’ detention of Russian tanker by Ukraine’s SBU

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