The captain of Nord boat, detained by the Ukrainian border guards, Volodymyr Gorbenko. did not cross Ukrainian-Russia border, he also did not cross the border with annexed Crimea, as Oleg Slobodyan, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service, told in an interview for Interfax-Ukraine.
“We saw this information (about Gorbenko’s presence in Crimea), we are observing it in detail. For now, we can officially state that this citizen did not cross the controlled border with Russia and the administrative border with occupied Crimea,” Slobodyan confirmed.
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.
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. The court arrested the vessel. Ukrainian border guards detained Volodymyr Horbenko on April 4.
The seaman is currently on the wanted list in Ukraine.