On February 25, four Ukrainian fishermen, who were detained by the Russian special services in the Azov Sea, were released, as MP Pavlo Melnyk reported on Facebook.
“I have just received information that Ukrainian fishermen: Serhiy Hoha, Oleksiy Ivanov, Vasyl Tyurkedji, and Maksym Terekhov, detained in the Sea of Azov on February 15, 2020, were released,” he reported.
The politician noted that Maksym Terekhov telephoned his relatives and reported that all fishermen are in good condition and plan to return home at their own vessel.
On February 15, Russia's FSB detained the vessel, saying that the crew performed illegal fishing activity. Later, Russian law enforcers interrogated the sailors who admitted illegal fishing. They were arrested for 10 days.
The National Police of Ukraine has opened a case on the fact of illegal capture of Ukrainian ship in the Sea of Azov.
Besides, the Chargé d'affaires of Russia was called to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine due to the detention of four Ukrainian fishermen in the Sea of Azov.