Nord vessel crew tried to leave territory of Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

They were accompanied by the diplomatic consuls of the Russian Federation
21:12, 8 April 2018
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9 members of the crew of the Nord fishing vessel, detained in the Sea of Azov by Ukrainian border guards, tried to travel to the territory of the Russian Federation with the help of representatives of the Consulate General of Russia. This was reported by the press center of the State Border Service.

According to the information, the team tried to cross the border at night through the car checkpoint Hoptivka in the Kharkov region. They were assisted by representatives of the General Consulate of the Russian Federation under the guise of their immunity.

"Two Volkswagen vehicles with diplomatic numbers of the Russian Federation arrived at the checkpoint at about 9:00 p.m. During the border control, persons who traveled as passengers instead of passport documents presented certificates of return to the Russian Federation," the report said.

Ukrainian border guards have established that the owners of the documents are members of the crew of the Nord, and they are also citizens of Ukraine. The latter means that the documents presented by them do not give the right to cross the border.

"For the attempt to violate the state border, protocols were compiled in accordance with Part 1 of Article 204-1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses. In view of the fact that the citizens of Ukraine did not have proper documents for crossing the border, they were not allowed to cross the state border and returned to the rear of Ukraine".

Together with this, representatives of the Russian consulate tried to prevent Ukrainian border guards from closing the crew in minibusses. This was announced by Oleh Slobodyan, an assistant to the head of the Ukrainian border service, on the air of the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"Representatives of the diplomatic corps of the Russian Federation tried to prevent the actions of the border guards, because the crew members were kept closed in minibuses, as a result of which border guards did not have access to them, this situation lasted until almost midnight and was resolved in the morning," he said.

According to Slobodyan, all the crew members, together with the diplomatic representatives of the Russian Federation, returned to Kharkiv. At the moment, their whereabouts are unknown.
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