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Russian ship carrying Ukrainian grain detained by Turkish customs: Ukraine

The Russian-flagged cargo ship Zhibek Zholy. Photo: Collected

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The Russian-flagged cargo ship Zhibek Zholy. Photo: Collected

Turkey’s customs authorities have detained a Russian cargo ship transporting grain that Ukraine says has been stolen, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey said on Sunday.

Ukraine had previously asked Turkey to detain the Russian-flagged cargo ship Zhibek Zholy, according to an official and documents seen by Reuters.

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Reporters from Reuters saw the Zhibek Zholy ship anchored about 1 km offshore and outside the port of Karasu on Sunday with no apparent signs of movement on board or from other vessels nearby.

“We have full cooperation. The ship is currently at the port entrance, it has been detained by the customs authorities of Turkey,” Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar told Ukrainian state television.

Bodnar said the ship’s fate will be decided by a meeting of investigators on Monday and that Ukraine hopes the grain will be seized.

Ukraine has accused Russia of stealing grain from areas Russian forces have seized since the Moscow invasion began in late February. The Kremlin has previously denied that Russia stole Ukrainian grain.

A Ukraine Foreign Ministry official, citing information from Ukraine’s Maritime Administration, told Reuters on Friday that 7,146 dwt Zhibek Zholy loaded the first cargo of about 4,500 tons of Ukrainian grain from Berdyansk, a Russian-held port in southern Ukraine .

The Sakarya Region Port Authority was not immediately available for comment. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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