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Ukraine’s Border Guard Service monitors 800 vessels, which illegally visited occupied Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

15 foreign vessels were detained and the court processes on their cases continue
16:50, 23 January 2019

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The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine monitors over 800 vessels, which illegally visited the ports of occupied Crimea as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Border Guard Service spokesman Oleg Slododyan.

He noted that 15 foreign vessels were detained and the court processes on their cases continue.

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“We try to monitor the vessels, which violate the legislation of Ukraine on the entry to the ports in the temporarily occupied territory. Now, more than 800 vessels spotted by us as they are the violators of the Ukrainian legislation. The majority of the ships, which stay in the ports of occupied Crimea, serve the ports, including the annexed ships,” Slobodyan said.

He noted that the vessels were monitored and detained when they entered the Ukrainian ports.

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“There was more than one of them. Now, 15 foreign vessels stay under guard in the ports of Ukraine as they violated the legislation of Ukraine on the entry to the temporarily occupied territory.  We monitored them, exchanged information with Security Service, prosecutor’s office and when the ships entered Ukrainian ports or the zone of the Ukrainian legislation, we detained them. The court processes on their cases continue,” Slobodyan added.

The State Border Guard Service passes the information on such vessels to the competent authorities, including the Foreign Ministry, for the response to such violations at the international level.

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On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.

All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, another - to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

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On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.

Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019 Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.

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