The Ukrainian Navy, the SBU (state security service) and the Prosecutor General's Office conducted a special operation, preventing smuggling of illegal goods in the Black Sea waters. The incident took place on early January 1, reads the message of the Ukrainian Navy's Facebook page.
Over the last few hours of 2018, the vessel that flew the flag of Tanzania entered Ukraine's territorial waters. Its crew was suspected of carrying the illegal cargo.
'Guided by the provisions of the Ukrainian law and the UN Convention for the Maritime Law and Combating the Illegal Turnover of Drugs and Psychoactive Substances, Pryluky missile boat entered the territorial waters of the Ukrainian Navy in order to track the vessel and follow its actions - under the orders of the Command Center of the Ukrainian Navy', the message says.
The Ukrainian boat found and approached the suspicious vessel. The crew did not respond to the radio messages, so Prulyky began to chase the ship.
The vessel ignored the Ukrainian vessel's demands to shut down the engine. The Ukrainian boat opened fire from the artillery system, firing warning shots along the course of the rogue vessel. This eventually made the Tanzanian crew stop the vessel.
The foreign vessel was examined and taken to the seaport of Odesa.