Turkish customs authorities have arrested the Russian cargo ship Zhibek Zholy carrying grain that Ukraine believes to be stolen, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar has reported.
Reuters reporters saw the Zebek Zuli moored about one kilometer offshore and outside the port of Karasu on Sunday, with no clear signs of traffic on board.
– We have full cooperation. Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar said, on Ukrainian state television, that the ship is currently standing at the entrance to the port and has been detained by Turkish customs authorities. He added that the decision on the fate of the ship will be made on Monday, and that Ukraine is counting on the confiscation of grain.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Earlier, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, referring to information from the Maritime Administration, reported that about 4,500 tons of grain were loaded from Berdyansk on the ship Zhebek Zuli.
Ukraine accuses Russia of stealing grain
According to the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Ukraine Taras Wisuki, the Russians stole more than 25 percent of the grain resources from the occupied territories, that is, about 400 thousand. tons of 1.5 million tons collected before the invasion.
On June 25, representatives of the Ukrainian authorities reported from Berdyansk that a ship entered the port in this city on the Sea of Azov, which, perhaps, had captured the last grain reserves. He was accompanied by Russian warships. From another occupied city in southeastern Ukraine, Melitopol, the Russians send 30 to 50 truckloads of grain per day.
Ukraine is one of the world’s largest grain exporters, and it is shipped mainly by sea. Millions of tons of grain are currently stored in ports on the Black Sea coast, and have been blocked by warships. Russia.
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