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FSB detains Ukrainian fishing boat, crew in Black Sea

Ukrainians were detained on August 28 and they are still in detention on Sevastopol’s border crossing checkpoint
11:17, 4 September 2018

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The law enforcers opened criminal proceedings on the fact that FSB (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation) officers detained a Ukrainian small-sized fishing boat and illegally detained four citizens, as the press office of National Police Central Department in Crimea and Sevastopol reported.

Ukrainian border guards told the police officers that on August 28 FSB Border Governance detained a Ukrainian fishing boat and its crew in the Black Sea.

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It is known that the Ukrainian fishermen are still in detention on Sevastopol’s border crossing checkpoint.

The criminal proceeding was opened on illegal deprivation of liberty and detention of a boat, under the articles of Ukraine’s Criminal Code which provide imprisonment up to eight years.

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“A pre-trial investigation under the procedural administration of Crimea’s Prosecutor’s Office is underway. The conditions which are important in the case are being defined,” the police informed.

Earlier, in February of 2018 Ukraine filed a Memorandum, which proves that Russia violated Ukraine’s rights in the Sea of Azov, the Black Sea, and Kerch Straight. It shows that since 2014 the Russian Federation illegally suspended Ukraine from enforcement of its rights as a coastal State, used Ukrainian resources for its own purposes. Moreover, Russia is stealing Ukrainian energy and fishery resources, harms the Ukrainian fishermen and blocks the movement to the Ukrainian ports.

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