Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The Russian vessel “Mekhanik Pogodin”, which came into the Kherson sea trade port in Ukraine, can be arrested. This was reported on the Facebook page of Boris Babin [the post has seemingly been deleted – ed], who the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appointed as his representative in the “Autonomous Republic of Crimea” [the name Kiev assigned to the Russian Crimea – ed].
“The vessel came into the sea trade port today. I am sure that it won’t leave this port. I am sure that this time nobody will be able to ruin the case,” wrote Babin on Facebook.
He claims that employees of the SBU “identified and documented” in Crimea the vessel “Mekhanik Pogodin” bearing a Russian flag, which belongs to a company from the Russian Federation, and which allegedly is on the sanctions list of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council.
“The representation raised at the top-level the issue of vessels under the flag of the Russian Federation delivering oil products via internal waterways and the associated risks, as well as the intensification of control over sanctions regimes in the sphere of navigation. I am glad that there are those who hear us. We work,” bragged Babin. By the way, he is a native of Evpatoriya who made his meteoric career in Kiev after the “revolution of dignity” [2014 Maidan coup – ed].
“Mekhanik Pogodin” is an oil tanker. According to the “MarineTraffic“ online service that tracks the movement of vessels, the ship that is now moored in Kherson arrived from the Russian Volgodonsk. And here the SBU took matters into its own hands. “MarineTraffic” defines that the tanker’s port of registration as St. Petersburg and that it was constructed in 2011 at the “Krasnoye Sormovo” Nizhny Novgorod shipbuilding plant. So either the SBU or Mr Babin are telling lies about the alleged Crimean registration of the vessel (most likely, this is needed in order to have a reason to arrest the tanker).
The Ukrainian official separately noted that there is no court resolution on the arrest of the vessel yet, but “nobody will be going anywhere”.
The “Mekhanik Pogodin” oil tanker became the second vessel that was detained by the Ukrainian side. In March, 2018 border guards kidnapped the Russian fishing seiner “Nord” in the Sea of Azov, which departed from Crimea. Kiev humiliated its crew for a long time – not recognising the seamen as Russian citizens, not letting them leave the vessel where fish were decaying in the holds, and then not allowing them to leave for Russia.
The Kiev regime obviously doesn’t have enough war in Donbass, where there are no advancements in favor of the so-called “Operation of United Forces“ (the former ATO). Now Poroshenko & Co led by Turchynov, who started the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine, probably decided to start a series of provocations in the seas – it’s not a coincidence that Kiev strenuously amplifies informational noise concerning the topic of the “military-economic blockade of the Azov and Black Sea coast”.
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