The sailors of the ship «Nord» please return the captain held in Ukraine

© RIA Novosti / Daria Egorovicha of the vessel Nord Vladimir Gorbenko in Kherson. Archival photoThe sailors of the ship «Nord» please return the captain held in Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Daria Egorova

Arrived in Russia sailors of the vessel Nord said that the story of their hold over until will not be refunded-held Ukraine, the captain of the seiner Vladimir Gorbenko.

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. The captain of the Crimean ship remains in Ukraine.

«This whole situation lasted more than seven months and continues to last. We still have not closed the issue with the captain. We will feel completely at home when you get here captain. We promise, they say that it seems that the issue has moved from a dead point. Before the captain gets back, we will not life,» said sailor Paul Chmykhalov reporters.

According to him, Gorbenko, «the captain with a capital» who constantly thinks about the crew. «I ask everyone, to help bring the captain home, where it waits for the family,» said the sailor.

Ukrainian border guards detained on March 25 Nord with 10 crew members under the flag of Russia in the Azov sea. 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 Russian Federation. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. 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 President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue «is closed permanently.»