Here’s the latest on Russia’s war in Ukraine

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The Russian-flagged cargo ship Zhibek Zholy is seen off the coast of the Black Sea port of Karasu, Turkey, on July 2.
The Russian-flagged cargo ship Zhibek Zholy is seen off the coast of the Black Sea port of Karasu, Turkey, on July 2. (Yoruk Isik/Reuters)

Ukraine has requested that Turkish authorities detain a Russian-flagged ship carrying Ukrainian grain, the nation’s ambassador to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar informed CNN Saturday.   

The Zhibek Zholy vessel is at present at anchor close to the Turkish port of Karasu as “it was in actual fact detained by Turkish customs authorities and it’s not allowed to enter the port,” Bondar stated. “Now we’re ready for the choice of the related authorities of Turkey concerning the actions that the regulation enforcement companies of Ukraine insist on,” he stated.     

The Turkish commerce ministry has not but responded to CNN’s request for affirmation that the ship has been detained. 

Bodnar stated Ukraine initially addressed the Turkish international ministry concerning the ship on Thursday, and on Friday the Ukrainian embassy in Turkey obtained an enchantment from Ukrainian authorities “to make sure its detention and inspection.”    

“Possibly, we’ll demand its arrest as properly,” Bodnar stated. “We’ve despatched appeals to the Turkish authorities, have organized a number of communications with senior officers.” CNN has reached out to Turkey’s International Ministry about Bodnar’s declare.   

Ukraine has repeatedly stated Russia has stolen a whole lot of hundreds of tons of grain because the begin of the struggle.   

Based on the ship monitoring web site Marine Visitors, the cargo ship left the Russian port Novorossiysk on June 22 and spent almost per week at sea between Ukraine and Russia.    

The cargo ship turned its tracker on when it left the Sea of Azov for Karasu, Turkey, on June 29, and arrived on the Turkish port on Friday, in line with Marine Visitors.    

Though it is attainable the grain got here from neighboring areas, Bodnar stated the ship’s loading level was “undoubtedly” Berdiansk — “occupied territory,” with out elaborating on why he’s sure of this. Bodnar added that he does not have the title of the corporate or the district the place grain was taken from.

Yevgeny Balitsky, the top of the Zaporizhzhia regional navy administration, now partially below Russian management, stated on Telegram Thursday the primary service provider ship had left the Berdiansk port on the Azov sea, and reiterated claims by Russia that the waters surrounding the port have been de-mined by the engineering models of Russia’s Novorossiysk naval base.    

Bodnar stated Ukraine despatched the second enchantment to Turkey on Friday “once we had simply discovered that the ship was coming” after the preliminary enchantment was made on Wednesday “once we obtained data from open sources that such a vessel was loading and apparently supposed to enter the port.”      

Friday’s enchantment has “a authorized” element and has been despatched “to all authorities of Turkey accountable for making selections,” he stated.     

Based on Bodnar, Turkey’s Ministry of Commerce responded to the preliminary enchantment saying the ship will stay anchored close to the port of Karasu with out being allowed to be unloaded or return, whereas Turkey evaluates Ukraine’s requests.   

“I’ve an impression that the Russian facet tried to set a precedent and tried to begin transporting every little thing from the occupied ports — that is Berdiansk, it might be Mariupol,” Bodnar stated.

“Furthermore, that is in all probability one of many makes an attempt to drive a wedge between Turkey and Ukraine. In addition to an try and legalize its occupation of ports that belong to Ukraine.”    

In response to media studies that Ukraine’s Prosecutor Normal’s Workplace has submitted a request to Turkey to detain and arrest the cargo ship, the ship’s proprietor, the Kazakhstan nationwide railway firm Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), stated in an announcement Saturday that “KTZ requested affirmation from the Ukrainian authorities concerning such request.    

“Energetic consultations are underway with the ambassadors of each nations [Turkey and Ukraine],” the assertion stated. 

“The vendor, which is an organization registered in Europe, insists that the transaction is authorized. To be able to make clear the state of affairs and exclude violations of worldwide regulation, KTZ despatched a letter to the lessee of the vessel with a request to supply, as a matter of urgency, an in depth clarification of the state of affairs and submission of all supporting paperwork (contracts, certificates, and so forth.),” the corporate stated.      

“KTZ assures of its dedication to compliance with worldwide regulation,” it added.      

Ukraine accuses Russia of blocking its ports and making an attempt to “steal” Ukrainian grain. The United Nations has stated Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports has already raised international meals costs and threatens to trigger a catastrophic meals scarcity in components of the world.    

Russia has repeatedly denied it’s blocking the ports and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has known as allegations Russia was stealing grain from its neighbor “pretend information.” 

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