The port of Odessa Photo: Yevgeny Volokin / Reuters
Detained by the security Service of Ukraine (SBU), the Russian tanker NEYMA called the port of Izmail of Odessa region for repairs. Reports about it “Timer”.
According to the newspaper, law enforcement authorities managed to identify the vessel by MMSI and IMO codes — tankers under the names NEYMA and NIKA SPIRIT they are the same.
About the incident with the Russian tanker has been announced earlier on July 25. According to the SBU, the ship was detained for blocking the Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait in 2018. Currently preparing a petition for the arrest.
In SBU declare that the ship NEYMA was renamed NIKA SPIRIT to “conceal the involvement in aggression in the Kerch Strait”. The tanker was searched and interrogated members of the crew.
The Russian foreign Ministry said that if the Ukrainian government seized the ship in order to “set material” for the subsequent exchange of prisoners, he should know that such a move will not help to negotiate. Kiev also should think about the possible consequences of such actions on the situation in the Azov sea, said the Ministry.
Currently in Russia under investigation are 24 Ukrainian servicemen (22 sailor and the two SBU officers), who were detained and arrested, along with three ships in the incident in the Kerch Strait in November 2018. They are accused of illegal crossing of the Russian border in an organized group.
Kiev considers the detainees prisoners of war and demands to return them to Ukraine. In may, a similar ruling made by the UN international Tribunal on law of the sea. Moscow believes that the issue of sailors not included in the jurisdiction of this court, and insists that the fate of the sailors must decide the investigation and trial in Russia.
Video, photo All from Russia.