Ukrainian prosecutors have said that they had searched a vessel in the Black Sea port of Kherson on Saturday August 10th as part of an investigation into a suspected illegal delivery of fuel to the Russian navy in 2015.
Under Ukrainian law it is illegal to enter Crimean waters without the permission of the Ukrainian authorities.
The Ukraine prosecutors’ office said that the ship, the Maria, had delivered fuel to the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea in 2015 and was now being searched in relation to that delivery.
“The prosecutor’s office… conducts a search in Kherson on the vessel Maria which is suspected of smuggling oil products. In June 2015, the same vessel, but under the name Vilga, supplied fuel to the units of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol.”, the prosecutors’ office said.