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SBU detains Russian tanker "NEYMA", which blocked Ukrainian warships in the Kerch Strait (video)

The Security Service Of Ukraine together with the Military Prosecutor's Office detained Russian tanker "NEYMA", which blocked Ukrainian warships in the Kerch Strait.

During the pre-trial investigation, it was established that, under the direct order of the senior management of Russia’s FSB, representatives of the FSB Border Service carried out an act of armed aggression against Ukrainian warships "Nikopol", "Berdyansk" and a tugboat "Yana Kapu" in the Kerch Strait. 

Contrary to the norms of international maritime law, servicemen of the frontier troops of the FSB of Russia illegally, with the use of weapons, blocked the movement of Ukrainian warships during the passage of the Kerch-Yenikalskyi Canal in the Kerch Strait with the help of the tanker "NEYMA" (IMO 8895528, MMSI 273347000, Russia’s flag). 

Such unlawful actions contributed to violent, with the use of weapons, arrest and capture of Ukrainian warships with 24 crew members by the Russia’s FSB border guards.

The SBU investigators, under the procedural guidance of the Military Prosecutor's Office initiate and conduct pre-trial investigation under the fact of blocking by "NEYMA" tanker the Kerch-Yenikalskyi Canal in the Kerch Strait

According to evidence collected by the Military Prosecutor's Office and the SBU investigators, 15 top military leadership officials of Russia, including one rear-admiral, two vice-admirals and a colonel-general, were served notices of of suspicion in absentia.

On July 24, according to Ukrainian border guards, a tanker "NIKA SPIRIT" entered the port Izmail under Russia’s flag, under the number IMO-8895528, which, according to the international information system EQUASIS is identified as a well-known tanker "NEYMA", used for blocking the Kerch Strait. 

The investigation established that the tanker "NEYMA", with the purpose of concealing involvement in illegal actions and the act of aggression which took place on November 25, 2018, changed the name to "NIKA SPIRIT" by Russian owners.

Currently, a group of the SBU investigators, military prosecutors and border guards has completed authorized by Ukrainian court investigations - a search to determine the actual circumstances of the case, seizure of documents from the ship, records of radio communications during the conflict, ship’s log. The members of the ship crew were interrogated, the documents necessary for establishing the truth in the proceedings were seized.

The indicated vessel is recognized as a real evidence, and a petition to the court for its arrest is being prepared.

Note: At the initiative of the Military Prosecutor's Office, the Council of National Security and Defense of Ukraine, with the correspondent Decision, put into effect by the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated March 19, 2009, No. 82/2019, lasting for the period of 3 years, were applied special economic sanctions and other restrictive measures to LLC “YUVAS TRANS", and namely: the assets of the enterprise were blocked, trade operations were limited, measures were taken to prevent moving, prohibit participation in privatization and lease of state property, etc. The LLC "YUVAS TRANS" is the owner of the Kerch Shipyard, in the territory of which, prior to the blocking of the Kerch-Yenikalskyi Canal, a tanker “NEYMA” was stored, as well as carried out pilotage of sea vessels on the specified channel.


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Zhydkov Dmytro Mykhailovych
Shevchenko Daniil Borysovych
Yatsenko Viktor Viacheslavovych

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