Ukraine arrests Turkish cargo ship over Crimea port name

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Ukrainian authorities have arrested a Turkish-owned cargo ship and detained its captain over a go to it made to a port in Crimea after Russian annexed the peninsula from Ukraine final 12 months.

The vessel’s Istanbul-based proprietor, Grasp Delivery Ltd, known as the detention unlawful.

Russia seized Crimea shortly after Ukrainian protesters toppled a pro-Moscow president in February 2014.Ukraine has mentioned any go to to Crimean ports is unlawful, and a ban got here into impact in July final 12 months.

Grasp Delivery advised Reuters on Friday that the Kanton known as at Sevastopol in Crimea on July 24, 2014 to choose up a cargo of feed barley.

However it mentioned this was earlier than Ukraine had notified worldwide transport corporations and insurers of the ban, and that Ukrainian authorities had later acknowledged this and cleared the vessel to enter different ports.

“The Ukrainian authorities have, regardless of their written permission, forcefully seized our papers and made the choice to detain our vessel after stopping the vessel’s departure for 17 days,” it mentioned.

Grasp Delivery mentioned the 12 crew members, largely Turkish nationals, have been on board the vessel, and none of them had been concerned within the disputed Crimean go to.

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