The Russian border guards spotted a boat with two people onboard in the Sea of Azov on May 10, the FSB directorate in the Krasnodar Territory said in a statement on May 12, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax news agency.
According to the FSB, the boat and the two men were taken to Yeysk, Russia. The border guards say that the fishermen were poaching, including on such protected fish as sturgeon.
On May 11, the rescuers of the State Emergency Service in the Zaporizhia region launched an operation to search for two local fishermen who left for the Sea of Azov the day before and did not return. The search operation was held near Berdiansk.
On May 12, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said Russia had refused to provide any information on the possible detention of the fishermen. The Ukrainian consul left for Yeysk on the same day.