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Ukraine and Russia exchanged the detained sailors

Украина и РФ обменялись задержанными морякамиUkraine and Russia exchanged the detained sailors.

Seven Ukrainian sailors were exchanged for the crew of the Crimean ship “Nord”, which was followed under the Russian flag, the Russian Federation and was detained by border guards.

About it reports a press-service of the Russian Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova.

“Seven Russian sailors from a fishing boat “Nord” today exchanged for seven Ukrainian sailors from the ship “NMR-0041″, our sailors in the Crimea”, – said the representative of the press service.

The captain of a vessel Vladimir Gorbenko, against whom a criminal case, remains in Ukraine.

Moskalkova said that he would seek his return to the occupied Crimea.

Recall, the Russian seiner “Nord” with 10 crew members on Board was detained March 25, 2018. Captain Gorbenko is charged with article 332-1 of the Criminal code (violation of the order of entry/exit into the occupied territory of Ukraine with the purpose of harming the country’s interests) and article 249 of the Criminal code of Ukraine (illegal occupation fish, animal or other water extracting craft). 30 Aug Gorbenko was notified of the preliminary investigation.

The rest of the crew was charged of part 2 of article 204 of the Code of Ukraine about administrative offenses (illegal border crossing), the sanction – the penalty from 100 to 300 free minima of incomes of citizens or up to 15 days of administrative arrest.

4 may Russia’s FSB arrested a Ukrainian fishing vessel “NMR-0041”, with a note in Ochakovo for alleged illegal catch of plaice to the West of Cape Tarkhankut. Five crew members were taken to the occupied Crimea. The captain of the ship, Victor Novitskiy, arrested. The Russian authorities claim that it threatens till 5 years of imprisonment.

According to the lawyer, the crew of “NMR-0041” were kept in inhuman conditions, and one of the fishermen tried to hang himself. In October, the Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova has asked the Director of FSB of the Russian Federation with the request to release the sailors.

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