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Ukraine asks Turkey to seize Russian-flagged cargo ship war news between russia and ukraine

Kyiv official says Zhibek Zholy carried 4,500 tons of Ukrainian grain into the Russian-occupied port of Berdyansk.

Ukraine has asked Turkey to seize the Russian-flagged cargo ship Zebek Zuli carrying grain taken from the Russian-occupied port of Berdyansk, according to a Ukrainian official and a document seen by Reuters.

A Ukrainian Foreign Ministry official, citing information received from the country’s Maritime Administration, said that Zybek Zuli had carried the first shipment of about 4,500 tons of grain from Berdyansk, which the official said belonged to Ukraine.

In a letter dated June 30 to Turkey’s Ministry of Justice, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office said separately that Zebek Zuli was involved in the “illegal export of Ukrainian grain” from Berdyansk and headed to Karasu, Turkey, with 7,000 tons of cargo – a larger shipment than the official cited.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the arrival of Zuhaibek Zhouli.

Kazakhstan-based KTZ Express confirmed that the company was owned by Zhibek Zholy, but said it was chartered by Russia’s Green Line, which is not listed under any sanctions.

KTZ Express added that it is consulting with relevant parties and will comply with all penalties and restrictions.

Ukraine accused Russia of stealing grain from lands that Russian forces had controlled since beginning their invasion in late February. The Kremlin denied that Russia had stolen any Ukrainian grain.

Kyiv’s ambassador in Ankara, Vasily Bodnar, said in early June that Turkish buyers were among those who received grain Russia had stolen from Ukraine, adding that he had requested Turkey’s help in identifying and apprehending the people responsible for the alleged shipments.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said last month that Ankara was investigating the allegations, but investigations had not found any stolen shipments so far.

Ukraine and the West accused Moscow of arming food supplies. Russia says that the mines planted in the Ukrainian sea and the international sanctions imposed on Moscow are to blame.

The conflict in Ukraine has fueled a global food crisis, prompting the United Nations to put forward a plan to reopen shipping routes from Odessa and other Ukrainian ports.

Turkey has pledged to cooperate in establishing a protected passage in the Black Sea to allow Ukraine to export its products.

Critics fear Russia will use the corridor to launch an attack on the strategic port of Odessa.