Ukraine arrests 32 foreign ships visiting Crimea

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The Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol identified and issued orders on 32 vessels that violated the procedure for entering/leaving the peninsula temporarily annexed by Russia. To the press service of the prosecutor’s office.

“Prosecutors are planning to send a request to the Ukrainian Bureau of Interpol to include these vessels in the wanted list, as well as to request international legal assistance from foreign states to make arrests,” the message says.

It is known that Ukraine officially ceased functioning of all ports of the occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and closed the harbors for international shipping since July 2014.

“However, some foreign ships illegally enter Crimea, which are qualified as actions that undermine the sovereignty of Ukraine and violate the norms of national legislation, and entail criminal liability of shipowners, operators and captains of ships,” the prosecutor’s office emphasizes. 

At the same time, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Crimea noted that in recent years the number of foreign ships calling at the ports of Crimea has decreased from 162 to 15.

“Ukrainian legislation is violated mainly by ships under the flag of Russia, less often – of Syria, Egypt and Lebanon, with which Ukraine does not have international cooperation in this direction,” the department said.

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