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Ukrainian MFA demands clarification on capturing tanker with Ukrainians on board

The Ukrainian Embassy in Egypt is instructed to immediately carry out a set of measures to resolve the situation
17:21, 19 May 2019
The Embassy of Ukraine in Cairo sent the Egyptian Foreign Ministry a note demanding to clarify the situation with the oil tanker detained by the Egyptian Navy in the Red Sea, with a crew of more than a dozen Ukrainian citizens. This was stated by Deputy Director of the Department of the Consular Service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Vasyl Kyrylych.

"The Embassy of Ukraine sent a note to the Foreign Ministry of Egypt with a request to provide clarification on the situation that has developed, as well as permission to visit the vessel by consular officials," he said.

Kyrylych added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine instructed the embassy in Egypt to immediately carry out a set of measures to resolve the situation. "This case is under special control of the Department of Consular Services," he concluded.
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Earlier it was reported that the Egyptian military detained a Sea Shark oil tanker with a crew.
The tanker is loaded of 1.1 million barrels of Sea Shark crude oil, but is now anchored in Ain-Sokhna. It is going to be moved to an unknown terminal. According to the captain, "the situation on board is critical, and the life of the crew is at stake." Tthere are 31 people: 17 Ukrainians, 2 sailors from Crimea, 1 Azerbaijani and 11 members from the Philippines, Sri Lanka and India.

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. Mobile phones were taken away from many crew members, forbidding them to call the embassy or family members.

The captain urged to report on what happened in Interpol, UN and other organizations.
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