Russia's Foreign Ministry insisted that Ukraine took the crew members of Nord, the Russian vessel detained by Ukraine's border guards, as hostages. TASS news agency reported that with reference to Mariya Zakharova, the Ministry's spokeswoman.
The Russian side threatened to 'take action in response'.
'Every time people cross the border, Kyiv thinks of new reasons in order to keep the crew from going back home, to their families. We demand that Ukraine stop teasing the sailors and let them return to their native Crimea. We count on the international society, hoping for their adequate evaluation of the inhumane actions of the Kyiv government. Russia will reserve the right to respond until our citizens are let out of Ukraine', Zakharova said.
The crew of the Nord fishing ship, which was arrested in the Sea of Azov by the Ukrainian border guards, is now at liberty, as RIA News reported referring to Anna Sheveliova, the representative of the ship’s owner. According to her, the crew, except the captain, is at liberty. “They are all in Mariupol now. But they have to be present in the SBU for questioning on April 10 due to the case on the captain,” she said. As it was reported, the members of the crew were complaining that they are not allowed to reach the land.
Mariupol Prymorskyi District Court imposed a fine on most of the crew members on the Nord fishing ship on April 6.
As we reported earlier, Horbenko was arrested until May 31, 2018. At the same time, the court provided a possibility to bail him out for $1, 354, and his lawyers used this opportunity.
The Nord ship was detained on March 25.