'In the result of the events held against the crew members of the YMK-0041 fishing vessel detained on May 4, it was established that the Ukrainian sailors cast the set nets for the fishing of flounder in the exclusive economic zone of Russia and the fishing of this fish is forbidden since the mid of April until the mid of June 2018, in the waters of the Black Sea throughout the territory of the continental shelf', the message said.
The criminal proceeding due to the illegal fishing of the aquatic biological resources made by the person with the abuse of the official position was opened against Ukrainian citizen Novitsky V.V.. The YMK-0041 fishing vessel is arrested.
As we reported on May 4, Ukrainian fishing vessel YMK-0041 (home port Ochakov) was detained on May 4 in the waters of the Black Sea for the illegal catch of the flounder. The personnel consisting of five Ukrainians was taken to Crimea as Russia’s FSB Border Guard Service claimed.
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry expressed the protest against the detention of the Ukrainian boat by FSB and demanded to release the sailors.
The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea investigates the detention of Ukraine's fishing vessel by Russia.