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Cargo ship under Russian flag enters Ukrainian territorial waters due to storm

The ship Melita was sent without delay along a safe route to the destination without any action aimed at the forceful seizure, inspection or arrest of the crew, unlike Russian actions
23:11, 5 June 2019

 

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The Melita cargo ship under the flag of the Russian Federation entered the territorial waters of Ukraine due to stormy weather. After the questioning, according to the protocol, the ship was sent along a safe route to the destination. The Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports this.

The incident occurred at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5.

"As a result of stormy weather that headed west of the Tarkhankut peninsula (temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea), the Melita cargo ship (IMO 8230479, MMSI: 273395390) under the flag of the Russian Federation, heading from the port of Astrakhan to the port of Konstanz, was forced to deviate from the recommended route and enter the territorial waters of Ukraine at a distance of 5 miles," the report said.

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The vessel was promptly found aboard the Tendra Spit, its crew was questioned according to the protocol with the help of the Maritime Security of the State Border Service of Ukraine. It was done despite the formal grounds for detaining the vessel (violation of the state border of Ukraine, AIS system turned off), taking into account the circumstances and in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention on Territorial Sea, UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to the professional actions.

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According to the report, the ship Melita was sent without a delay along a safe route to the destination without any action aimed at the forceful seizure, inspection or arrest of the crew. , Unlike Russia, which grossly violated a number of international regulatory documents during the forceful seizure of ships of Naval forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in neutral waters near the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018.

We recall, on November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.

As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.

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