The first court hearing on the “case” of the Russian “Nord” should take place today. Recall that the Russian fishing vessel was actually seized by Ukrainian border guards in the Azov Sea 25 March. Only a few days later, the Russian Foreign Ministry demanded that Kiev release both the ship and 10 crew members.
According to the crew of the Nord, representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine, who came on board the ship, said that they would be released as soon as they renounced the citizenship of the Russian Federation and “wanted” to receive Ukrainian passports. None of the crew members did this, saying: “We are citizens of Russia!”
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian State Border Service said that Ukraine intends to continue to detain Russian ships if they entered the Crimea or were assigned to the Crimean ports.