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Russia's FSB detains vessel with Ukrainians in Sea of Azov

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Prosecutor’s Office of Crimea opened a case on the detention of a Ukrainian ship
17:00, 15 February 2020

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The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine investigates the circumstances of the detention of the vessel with four citizens of Ukraine on board by Russian FSB. The speaker of the Border Guard Service Andriy Demchenko announced this, as Interfax reports.

“We saw this information, now we are conducting a more detailed check to establish all the circumstances, and to identify people who were on this boat. I can say in advance that this fact is confirmed. Unfortunately, at the moment the ‘small navigation’ has not yet started, and it’s possible that this vessel, ship or motorboat went out of the home station,” Demchenko said.

According to him, the situation in the Sea of Azov is complicated, since inland waters belong to two countries.

“We are now investigating the circumstances, and checking where the boat came from. Previously, we know the names of those who could be there, we find out all the details,” he added.

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The Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol launched criminal proceedings under articles 146 and 278 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine on the fact of unlawful seizure by a Russian FSB border guards of a Ukrainian ship with four people on board.

The investigation found that the occupant “law enforcers” on February 15 detained a small ship with four fishermen on board in the western part of the Sea of Azov. In the ship they were taken to the port of occupied Kerch.

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