As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, the press service of the Main National Police Department in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol [Ukraine-controlled body that has temporarily been relocated from the occupied peninsula to mainland Ukraine] said that the Ukrainian law enforcers had initiated criminal proceedings into the seizure of the Ukrainian small-scale fishing vessel and the illegal detention of four Ukrainian nationals.
"The Azov-Black Sea Division of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine informed the MPD in Crimea and Sevastopol about the detention of a Ukrainian fishing vessel Yaod 2105 and its crew on Aug. 28, 2013 by representatives of the 'Border Guard Directorate of the Federal Security Service in the Republic of Crimea' in the Black Sea water area'," the statement reads.
Four Ukrainian crew are being held at a coast guard detachment in Sevastopol, the stronghold of the Russian Black Fleet.
Two criminal proceedings were opened under part 1 of article 146-1 and part 2 of article 278 of the Criminal Code, which provide for imprisonment for up to eight years. The pre-trial investigation is being carried out under the procedural supervision of the [Ukraine-controlled] Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service earlier said that the Russian invaders have been checking Ukrainian vessels and their crew members in the Sea of Azov on the daily basis since April 30.
Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelian said on July 11 that the Russian border guards had stopped nearly 100 Ukrainian ships in the Azov Sea for inspection since late April.