"Here is a part of the last night’s conversation with the Russian diplomats ‘fulfilling an order’ at Hoptovka border-crossing point," Slobodian said.
Earlier, the employees of the General Consulate of the Russian Federation tried to smuggle Nord’s crew out of Ukraine on the night of April 8.
The day before, the vessel’s crew members were fined for unauthorized entry to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and leaving it.
On March 25, the Ukrainian Border Guard Service arrested the fishing vessel flying the Russian flag in the Ukraine's water zone of the Sea of Azov. The check showed that the vessel had previously called into Crimean ports in violation of the Ukrainian legislation.
On April 4, arrested vessel’s captain Vladimir Gorbenko was brought to Kherson for bail hearing. He was charged with violation of the order of entry into the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and departure from it under part 2 of article 332-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On April 6, Kherson city court remanded Nord’s captain in pretrial custody until May 31. He was later bailed out after a bail of 35,240 hryvnia (about $1,330) was posted for him.