Ukraine says Russian ship carrying Ukrainian grain is being held by Turkey

KARASU/KYIV, July 3 (Reuters) – Turkish customs have detained a Russian freighter carrying grain that Ukraine claims has been stolen, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey said on Sunday.

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

Reuters reporters saw the Zhibek Zholy ship anchored about 1 km from the coast and outside Karasu port on Sunday, with no apparent signs of movement on board or by other ships nearby.

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“We have full cooperation. The ship is currently at the entrance to the port, it has been detained by the customs authorities of Turkey,” Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar said on Ukrainian National TV.

Bodnar said the ship’s fate would be decided Monday by a meeting of investigators and Ukraine hoped to confiscate the grain.

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

An official with Ukraine’s foreign ministry, citing information from Ukraine’s maritime administration, told Reuters on Friday that 7,146 dwt Zhibek Zholy had loaded the first cargo of about 4,500 tons of Ukrainian grain from Berdyansk, a Russian-occupied southern port. -Ukraine.

Sakarya’s port authority in the region was not immediately available for comment. The Turkish Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Reporting by Max Hunder in Kiev, Mehmet Caliskan and Omer Berberoglu in Karasu, and Arza Ceylan in Istanbul; Editing by Toby Chopra and Edmund Blair

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