Two citizens of Ukraine and members of the crew of Nord fishing vessel detained by Ukraine illegally left Ukraine and fled to Belarus on April 19 as the press service of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported.
It is noted that supposedly two citizens of Russia registered in Zhulyany Airport for a flight to Belarus and they showed the Russian passports issued by the Consulate General of Russian in Kharkiv at the passport control.
‘As the Ukrainian side will never recognize the documents issued by the occupation authorities of Russia in Crimea it does not concern the documents issued by the official diplomatic offices of Russia in Ukraine as the transcription of the surnames of the citizens in the Russian passports differed from the identification data of the Ukrainian citizens – the crew members of Nord ship that were in the database. These citizens passed the control and fled to Belarus’, the service noted.
At the moment of the flight, the State Border Guard Service did not get any orders from other law enforcement bodies or decision of the courts on the limiting of the departing from the country for the crew members.
‘There are grounds to doubt the legality of the issuance of the documents to the citizens of Ukraine, Nord crew members that confirm their Russian citizenship. So during the execution of the passengers for the flight to Minsk, the State Border Guard Service refused another seven citizens of Ukraine, Nord crew members to cross the border of the country’, the message said.
According to State Border Guard Service, they provided the similar documents as the Russian citizens. The documents were confiscated; moreover, the protocols on another attempt of the illegal crossing of the state border of Ukraine were made. The materials are filed to the court.
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.