Crimean authorities are counting on the return of the captain of the «Nord»

© RIA Novosti / Daria Egorovicha of the vessel Nord Vladimir Gorbenko in Kherson. Archival photo.Crimean authorities are counting on the return of the captain of the «Nord»© RIA Novosti / Daria Egorova

The head of Crimean Parliament Vladimir Konstantinov hopes that the attitude of the captain of the ship «Nord» justice will prevail and he will return home.

Seven members of the crew of the Russian vessel «Nord» on Tuesday, on the border of Crimea and Ukraine were exchanged for the seven Ukrainian sailors, reported press Secretary of the Russian Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova. According to the Ombudsman for human rights in Crimea Lyudmila Lubenau, the exchange was attended by sailors from the two Ukrainian ships, including fishing NMR-0041. The captain of the Crimean ship remains in Ukraine.

«Now it is important to seek the release of the captain of the «Nord» Vladimir Gorbenko. Sure, and the truth will prevail and justice. With such people we will overcome all difficulties and obstacles ahead which will be filled with many,» said Konstantinov at the next session of the Crimean Parliament.

Moskalkova said earlier that is already beginning negotiations on an exchange of captains of «Nord» and NMR-0041.

Ukrainian border guards detained March 25, «North» under the flag of Russia in the Azov sea with 10 crew members. Two managed to return to the Crimea via Belarus. The captain is accused of committing criminal offences under articles «Illegal fish, animal or other water extracting trade» and «violation of the procedure of entry in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and departure from it with the purpose of causing harm to the interests of the state.» Management of FSB of the Crimea opened a criminal case under article 211 of the criminal code «hijacking an aircraft, sea vessel or railway rolling stock».

The Ukrainian fishing vessel yamk-0041 was arrested may 4 by the shores of the Crimea, it violates the ban on the catch of plaice on the shelf. Against the captain of the ship, the citizen of Ukraine, a criminal case about poaching, he is in prison of Simferopol. On the ship seized.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to the Russian President, the question of Crimea «closed permanently».