Ukraine asked Turkey to stop the Russian cargo ship

According to the Ukrainian ambassador to Turkey, the ship has left the Russian-occupied Ukrainian port city of Berdyansk.

Ukraine asked Turkey to stop the Russian cargo ship
A Russian soldier patrols the port in Berdyansk, Ukraine, on June 14. Berdjansk is a city occupied by the Russians. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov / AFP

On Friday, Ukraine asked Turkey to stop a cargo ship sailing under the Russian flag, which, according to Ukraine, has set off from the Russian-occupied port city of Berdyansk.

Marine Traffic monitors marine traffic in real-time(you switch to another service)- according to the online service, a cargo ship named Zhibek Zholy is anchored in the Black Sea about a kilometer from the Turkish port city of Karasu.

According to the Ukrainian ambassador to Turkey, Vasyl Bodnar, the ship has left the Ukrainian port city of Berdyansk, which is occupied by Russia.

- I am convinced that (Turkey's) actions will prevent attempts to violate Ukraine's sovereignty, Bodnar said on Twitter(you switch to another service).

Last month, Bodnar accused Turkey of buying grain that Russia had stolen from Ukraine.

Last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Turkey was investigating reports that Russian-stolen Ukrainian grain had arrived at Turkey's Black Sea ports. However, he added that Turkey has so far not found any grain shipments stolen from Ukraine.

The Russian-installed regime in occupied southeastern Ukraine announced Thursday that it would open a new route from Berdyansk across the Black Sea.

- After months of delays, the first merchant ship left the port of Berdjansk. 7,000 tons of grain are on their way to friendly countries, said Yevgeni Balitski, the head of the pro-Russian administration, on Thursday on the Telegram messaging service.

According to the Marine Traffic online service, Zhibek Zholy can carry a cargo of slightly more than 7,000 tons.

The Russian-installed regime claims to have "nationalized" Berdyansk's infrastructure and is buying grain from local farmers. Ukraine, on the other hand, says that Russia steals grain and other commodities from the locals and takes them out of the country to finance its war.