The Russian ship Altarf made three calls to the closed port of Sevastopol to load stolen Ukrainian food.
The prosecutor’s office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea reported suspicion on the captain of the vessel involved in the transportation of stolen Ukrainian grain. This was stated in a press release published on the agency’s website on March 31.
“It was established that a citizen of the Russian Federation in 2022 and 2023 made three calls to a Russian ship. altar (used to be called Kudma-4) in a closed commercial port Sevastopol to load the stolen Ukrainian grain. Realizing the illegality of his actions, the captain periodically turned off the AIS (Automatic Identification System) and entered into it fictitious information about the course of the ship, which was allegedly headed for the ports of the Russian Federation, and not in closed ports. of the occupied peninsula,” the prosecutor’s office specified.
It was noted that the suspect’s actions were qualified by the fact of violation of the procedure for entering the temporarily occupied territory of the peninsula and leaving it (part 2 of article 332-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). He faces up to five years in prison.
The department emphasized that after a large-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia began to actively use the temporarily occupied Crimea as a “gray zone” for the transportation and subsequent sale of stolen Ukrainian grain to third countries.
“The prosecutors of the autonomy continue to work to identify all those involved in the organization of this illegal scheme. In particular, suspicions have been reported to the occupying Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Crimea, the director of the company owns ships of the Russian Federation and nine captains of Russian ships,” the supervisory authority summarized.
Earlier it was reported that in Ukraine for the first time a sentence was passed for the deportation of the civilian population from Crimea. A “judge” of the Armenian City Court, appointed by the occupiers, was sentenced to ten years in prison in absentia.
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