Officers of the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha released hostages held on the Turkish vessel in the territorial waters of Ukraine on September 4.
The vessel was heading from Mykolaiv to Jordan under the flag of Turkey with a cargo of steel structures. According to the SBU, two crew members on board made a fight and stabbed four colleagues. Then they blackouted the ship and took hostage five people, part of the crew barricaded themselves hiding from attackers.
After receiving the SOS signal and an emergency meeting of the anti-terrorist headquarters of the SBU in the Odessa region, which was also attended by the representatives of the Border Guards service, Police, Ministry of Emergency Situations, Yuzhny Port authorities, it was decided to perform a forceful release of the captured crew.
During the assault, Alpha officers freed hostages and arrested the attackers.
Four wounded Turkish sailors were given first medical aid and hospitalised.
Security Service of Ukraine also released a video of the rescue operation.
Criminal proceedings are initiated by Police under the article on hijacking or seizure of the marine vessel of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Investigations are currently underway.