An operational group to prevent piracy by Ukraine has been established by the Azov-Black Sea territorial administration.
The Russian side has decided to create a group of operational forces in the Sea of Azov to fight Ukrainian pirates, which are capturing ships that fly the flag of the Russian Federation. This was reported to journalists on Thursday by representatives of the Azov Scientific Research Institute of Fisheries.
Igor Rolev, head of Fisheries for the region, noted that the agency will coordinate actions with Russian border guards, providing information on the location of fishing vessels in the Azov Sea. The reaction of the department is connected with the arbitrary actions the State Border Service of Ukraine, who at the end of March 2018 hijacked the Crimean fishing ship “Nord”.
All ten crew are Russian nationals and have not yet been released, however reports say the captain has been hospitalised. The Ukrainian border patrol demand the crew renounce Russian citizenship.
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