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Ukraine says it cannot ask Russia to extradite Nord vessel captain

As Ukraine's Deputy Prosecutor General Yevgen Yenin puts it, this would mean that Ukraine recognizes the peninsula as Russian territory
13:24, 12 February 2019

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Ukraine is unable to request Russia to extradite Volodymyr Gorbenko, Nord vessel captain, who is now in annexed Crimea. Such actions would be interpreted as recognition of the fact that the peninsula belongs to Russia, as Yevgen Yenin, Deputy Prosecutor General said, UNN reported. 

“We cannot request Russia to extradite people from the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as it will be interpreted as if we recognize Crimea as Russian territory,” he said.

Yenin added that the Ukrainian side has faced such a problem several times, so the issue remains unsolved.

Related: Captain of Nord vessel returns to Russian-annexed Crimea, - mother

“Yet, we have developed some military tricks,” he stated.

Earlier, Oleg Slobodyan, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service, stated that captain of Nord boat, detained by the Ukrainian border guards, Volodymyr Gorbenko did not cross Ukrainian-Russia border, he also did not cross border with annexed Crimea. 

Earlier, the Ukrainian border guards arrested fishing vessel-violator under the Russian flag in the Sea of Azov on March 25, 2019. The Nord vessel was stopped 15 miles from the Obytichna sandspit. The inspection defined that the vessel was registered in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

Related: Captain of Russian vessel Nord wanted

Besides, the members of the crew violated the order of the exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. All of them had the so-called 'Russian passports', issued in Kerch. Later, the court arrested the arrested vessel. Ukrainian border guards detained Volodymyr Horbenko on April 4.

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