Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Ukraine seized Russian tanker Nika Spirit at Izmail Port. The tanker was used in the capture of 3 Ukrainian warships in the Kerch Strait by Russia last November and the detention of the crew of 24 people.
Ukrainian authorities announced that Nika Spirit was detained on the grounds that it was blocking the passage of warships and was drawn into the port. Local media reports said the tanker was searched and some documents were confiscated.
It was announced by the authorities that the crew aboard the Russian ship was released but the tanker would remain there. It was stated that there was a crew of 7 people in the tanker.