Frame: BEZPEKA Service of Ukraine
The staff of the Federal security service (FSB) of Russia illegally detained Ukrainian fishermen in the sea of Azov. This was reported on the website of the security Service of Ukraine (SBU).
The Ukrainian Ministry said that the Russian security services detained the fishermen and forced them to give false testimony about illegal fishing. To do this, the FSB allegedly used threats and blackmail.
As an example, SBU resulted in last year arrest of two Ukrainians near Berdyansk. Men delivered in Yeysk, interrogated without lawyers present and asked to plead guilty in poaching. After refusing to give such evidence, the fishermen threatened to reclassify the case on espionage against Russia. Also, according to the Ukrainian side, security officials promised to “find” weapons, explosives and drugs during a re-inspection of the vessel. As a result, the fishermen have given false testimony, then they opened a criminal case for illegal fishing.
“Such activities of Russian special services is a violation of international law and is systemic. She is accompanied by information campaigns in the Russian media, which should undermine Ukraine’s image before the international community as a state, which is harmful to the ecological fauna of the sea of Azov”, — noted in the security Service of Ukraine.
In late July, the SBU detained a Russian tanker in the port of Izmail of Odessa region. The Ministry said that the ship was detained for blocking the Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait. Later the crew was released. The SBU explained that the seamen did not violate international norms of Maritime law and the laws of Ukraine, therefore, the grounds for their detention there. They went to Kishinev, where he flew to Moscow.
Now in Russia under investigation are 24 Ukrainian servicemen (22 sailors and 2 officers of the security Service), who were detained 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 its citizens 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 their fate must decide the investigation and trial in Russia.
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