Over two hundred Ukrainian sailors are now held in custody in Greece and Italy. State Secretary for Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Andriy Zayets said that at a briefing on Tuesday. As of June, there were 151 Ukrainian sailors in Greece, 98 of them were detained for transporting illegal migrants.
Over a hundred Ukrainian citizens are now held in Italian prisons, judged for the same kind of violation.
In July, 33 sailors who faced tough conditions abroad managed to return back home thanks to the efforts of Ukrainian diplomats.
"15 members of the Free Neptune crew who have been in the Sultanate of Oman on board of this ship since summer of 2016 because of delays in wages payment by the ship-owner, returned to Ukraine today," the message says.
It is noted that all marines have been assisted by ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in particular, the Consulate of Ukraine in Saudi Arabia), as well as the flag administration of Liberia and the local agent.