Ukraine releases Russian crew of detained tanker, sailors are back in Russia

18:51, 26 July 2019

Ukraine released the Russian sailors, the crew members of NEYMA tanker detained in Odesa region on July 25. The sailors walked free; at first, they came to Moldova and then back home to Russia. However, the ship remained in detention, as it is considered a piece of evidence.


Earlier, the Ukrainian law enforcers found out that the tanker was used by the Russian Navy to block the Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov in November 2018. Back then, the Russian military vessels began to chase the Ukrainian ones; they opened fire and captured 24 Ukrainian sailors. They are still in detention, and the Ukrainian side is eagerly trying to release them.