Ukraine seizes Russian tanker involved in Kerch Strait incident

epa07741486 A handout photo made available by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine shows the Russia-flagged oil tanker Nika Spirit (formerly Neyma) detained by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in the Danube port city of Izmail, Ukraine, 25 July 2019 (issued 26 July 2019). The SBU, together with the military prosecutor's office, has detained the Russian Nika Spirit tanker after last November it reportedly blocked the passage of Ukrainian Navy ships through the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, local media reports. EPA-EFE/STATE BORDER GUARD PRESS SERVICE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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Kyiv said it has detained a Russian tanker it alleges was involved in an incident in the Kerch Strait that saw three Ukrainian vessels seized.

Ukraine’s secret service (SBU) said in a statement on Thursday the Russian tanker — formerly named the Neyma but now called Nika Spirit — alleged to have been involved in the November 2018 incident had been detained in the Ukrainian port of Izmail.

The vessel remains in Ukrainian custody but its crew have been freed and were on their way home, according to a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Kyiv.

Via Euronews / The Independent 

 

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