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Russian diplomats denied access to arrested Nord ship, - Ukraine's Border Guard Service

According to the preliminary data the ship is Ukrainian and the members of the crew are Ukrainian citizens
19:55, 4 April 2018

State Border Guard of Ukraine

Russian diplomats will not have access to the crew of arrested Nord ship, which was detained by Ukraine’s border guards in the Sea of Azov on March 25, as the press-office of the State Border Guard Service reported.

“The Nord ship is Ukrainian (Kerch is its port of registration) and the members of the crew are preliminary Ukrainian citizens, therefore the officials of Russian diplomatic agencies do not have access to it,” the message says.

The representatives of the Service added that the Ukrainian side uses best endeavors to provide the crew with everything they need.

“The Nord ship is connected to the Berdiansk commercial seaport industrial electric power supply, the lawyers are allowed to visit the crew and they are also provided with food products, medical supplies, and other necessities,” the State Border Guard Service informed.

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).

Related: Sevastopol seaport in annexed Crimea became unprofitable

Related: Court arrests former head of Ukraine’s Administration of seaports

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