Five sailors detained in Egypt in 2018 return to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Yesterday four sailors returned to Ukraine
14:59, 28 May 2019

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Five sailors detained in Egypt in 2018 returned to Ukraine. Totally, 17 sailors were arrested as State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported.

The border guards of Odesa unit processed five sailors through a separate corridor. The sailors, the citizens of Ukraine, arrived by the flight from Istanbul.

Besides, the ship Sea Shark with crude oil has been kept by the Armed Forces of Egypt in the area of Ain Sokhna since December 2018.

There were 31 crew members on board, including 17 Ukrainians, two Crimean sailors, 11 citizens from India, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, and one more Azerbaijani citizen.

Related: Russia's unwillingness to release Ukrainian sailors could be reason for sanctions - lawyer

The tanker was detained by the Navy of Egypt due to unintentional and accidental entry into the territorial waters of the country. Sailors were sued for crossing the Egyptian waters for $56 million, which must be paid by the owner of the ship.

Since then, the shipowner and freighter have been negotiating with the Egyptian fleet to release the ship and to organize a change of crew.

The crew was divided into two groups and gathered in two smokehouses. Some sailors had increased blood pressure, because of poor health. The captain asked the Egyptian military to provide medical assistance to the sailors, but they refused. 

On May 25, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea satisfied the demands of Ukraine on the temporary measures, which should be assumed by Russia. Particularly, the court obliged Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and allow them to return to Ukraine.

Related: Kyiv expects Russia to fully implement UN Maritime Tribunal decision on Ukrainian sailors

According to the decision of the court, Russia is obliged to execute the decision of the tribunal up to June 25, 2019.

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