The captain of the «Nord» and the families of the sailors did not know of the impending exchange

© The state border service Ukrainieciu of the vessel Nord. Archive photoThe captain of the «Nord» and the families of the sailors did not know of the impending exchange© the State border service of Ukraine

The exchange of sailors of the crew of the Russian vessel «Nord» was prepared secretly from the family members of the sailors and the captain of the seiner, said to RIA Novosti, the wife of captain Vladimir Gorbenko, the rest of the Ukraine.

Seven members of the crew of the Russian vessel «Nord» on Tuesday, on the border of Crimea and Ukraine were exchanged for seven Ukrainian sailors. 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.

«We knew nothing about it, did not expect. We learned only when they were on the border, on our side,» said Maria Horbenko.

She noted that her husband also did not know what was happening, at the moment he is in Melitopol. The wife of the captain maintains constant contact with the authorities of the Crimea and authorized the human rights in Crimea and Russia.

«I very much hope that the situation will be resolved soon and the husband finally returns home… but This situation brought us together and wives, and children», — said Gorbenko.

Ukrainian border guards detained on March 25 Crimean ship «Nord» under the flag of Russia in the Azov sea with 10 crew members. All of them are citizens of Russia, but Kyiv considers them to be Ukrainian citizens. Two members of the crew managed to return to the Crimea via Belarus, seven was removed from the flight to Minsk. 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.»

The owner stated that the ship is detained unlawfully, and the actions of border guards threat to the lives of crew members. 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».