Putin praises Russian forces for taking Luhansk region

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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 advised CNN Saturday.   

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

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

Bodnar mentioned Ukraine initially addressed the Turkish overseas 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 nicely,” Bodnar mentioned. “We’ve got despatched appeals to the Turkish authorities, have organized a number of communications with senior officers.” CNN has reached out to Turkey’s Overseas Ministry about Bodnar’s declare.   

Ukraine has repeatedly mentioned Russia has stolen a whole bunch of hundreds of tons of grain for the reason that begin of the conflict.   

In response to 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, based on Marine Visitors.    

Though it is doable the grain got here from neighboring areas, Bodnar mentioned 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 identify of the corporate or the district the place grain was taken from.

Yevgeny Balitsky, the top of the Zaporizhzhia regional navy administration, now partially underneath Russian management, mentioned 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 mentioned Ukraine despatched the second enchantment to Turkey on Friday “once we had simply realized that the ship was coming” after the preliminary enchantment was made on Wednesday “once we obtained info from open sources that such a vessel was loading and apparently meant to enter the port.”      

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

In response to 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 start out transporting all the things from the occupied ports — that is Berdiansk, it could be Mariupol,” Bodnar mentioned.

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

In response to media stories 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), mentioned in a press release 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 mentioned. 

“The vendor, which is an organization registered in Europe, insists that the transaction is authorized. With the intention to make clear the scenario and exclude violations of worldwide legislation, KTZ despatched a letter to the lessee of the vessel with a request to supply, as a matter of urgency, an in depth rationalization of the scenario and submission of all supporting paperwork (contracts, certificates, and many others.),” the corporate mentioned.      

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

Ukraine accuses Russia of blocking its ports and attempting to “steal” Ukrainian grain. The United Nations has mentioned 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 referred to as allegations Russia was stealing grain from its neighbor “pretend information.” 

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