Ukraine's presidential envoy for human rights Lyudmyla Denisova officially confirmed that seven sailors from two Ukrainian vessels, YAMK-0041 and YAOD 21-05 are getting home after detention in Crimea. She posted this on Facebook on Tuesday evening.
'They are coming home now. I'm talking about the three crew members of YAMK-0041, Serhiy Kalinichenko, Oleg Blok and Ruslan Skrypnyk, and four crew members of YAOD 21-05, Oleksandr Lyseniuk, Hennadiy Ongurov, Oleg Ivashchenko, and Vyacheslav Ivasenko', she wrote.
According to the Ombudswoman, the Ukrainians had their passports collected, which made their return home impossible.
'I would like to stress the following: it wasn't an exchange. Nord vessel's sailors who also returned to Crimea, freely moved across the territory of Ukraine. No one took them by force, unlike the Ukrainians in Crimea,' Denisova concluded.
Ukraine's State Border Guard added that the entry procedure took place at Kalanchak checkpoint on the administrative border with Crimea. The authority claimed that all sailors, including Nord's crew are the Ukrainian citizens.