Russia can seize the Ukrainian ships in Azov and Black Seas as the response to the detention of Nord ship by Ukraine. The press service of the Headquarters of Ukrainian Armed Forces reported this on Facebook.
‘Ukraine’s intelligence notes the activation of the activity of the ship of the Coast Guard of the Border Service of the FSB and the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy in the marine environment of Azov Sea. The holding of the number of the vents on the strengthening of Russia’s disposition by ships and auxiliary vessels is spotted in the same region. Possibly, the main aim of such actions is the symmetric response to the detention of the Nord vessel in the marine environment of Azov Sea by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine’, the message said.
The Headquarters warned the Ukrainian fishermen performing the fishing in the marine environment of Azov Sea on the possible provocations made by Russia that can cause the detention of the Ukrainian fishing vessels. Also, the Headquarters does not exclude the preparation of the similar provocation in the marine environment of Black Sea.
As 112 International reported, nine 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.
Ukrainian border guards detained fishing ship-violator under the Russian flag in the Sea of Azov on March 25.
The Nord ship was stopped in 15 miles from the Obytichna sandspit. The inspection defined that the ship 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. Later, the court arrested the detained ship. Ukrainian border guards detained Volodymyr Gorbenko on April 4.
As we reported earlier, the ports, located on the territory of Crimea (Yevpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosia, Yalta) were shut down by the order of the Cabinet of Ministers on Ukraine (Some question on the functioning of marine and river transport) and according to the order of the Ministry of Infrastructure (on shut down of sea ports).
On April 12, Russia threatened to 'respond' to the arrest of the Nord vessel in Ukraine.