After almost three and a half years behind bars in Libya, 14 members of the crew of the tanker RUTA returned home after a special flight by the Ukranian Air Force on 19th June, 2020 which landed at Boryspil International Airport – https://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/prezident-privitav-povernennya-dodomu-14-ukrayinskih-moryaki-61721
Entering Grand Harbour, Malta back to 5th June, 2014
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy commended the arrival of fellow citizens in the homeland. “Our task is to return Ukrainian citizens. I am very glad that after almost three and a half years behind bars in Libya, 14 crew members of the tanker RUTA returned home. I am happy for them, for their families,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. The President thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine, and all those who helped for their successful work.
Underway offshore Sicily back to 3rd June, 2015
In April 2017, the Ukrainian sailors were detained in Libya on charges of involvement in the smuggling of petroleum products. Due to the complicated domestic political and security situation in this country, the consideration of the case of Ukrainians by the Libyan courts has not been completed for a long time. Due to the coordinated actions of the relevant authorities, Ukraine managed to achieve results in negotiations with the Libyan party and return our citizens home.
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Published – Tuesday 4th August, 2020