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Kiev claims Turkey has detained Russian ship carrying Ukrainian grain

A general cargo ship carrying 7,000 tonnes grain from a Russian-occupied region of Ukraine was detained by Turkish customs authorities over the weekend, at the behest of Kiev, according to Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey.

MarineTraffic data today shows the ship, called Zhibek Zholy, at anchor at the port of Karasu on the Turkish Black Sea coast, having departed from the Ukrainian port of Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov. Official confirmation of the arrest has yet to materialise.

Reports of Russia attempting to sell Ukrainian grain have been widespread in recent weeks with much of the illicit cargoes finding their way to Syria.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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