Ukraine and Russia in stand-off over captured tanker
Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and imprisoned their two dozen crew members in November
Kiev — Ukraine detained and searched a Russian tanker near the Black Sea port of Odessa on Thursday, revisiting a naval stand-off from 2018 that stoked tensions between the two former Soviet neighbours.
The Ukraine State Security Service, or SBU, said it was seeking a court order to hold the Neyma tanker as part of a criminal probe related to the 2018 clash. It seized documents and questioned the crew. The 10 crew members — all Russians — on the small oil-products carrier were later released, though the ship will remain, the Russian embassy in Kiev said, according to RIA Novosti. Ukrainian officials could not immediately be reached to comment on this.