Lebanon Detains Vessel With Grain Stolen From Ukraine

by Olha Povaliaieva
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Lebanon Detains Vessel With Grain Stolen From Ukraine

The vessel is owned by a Syrian company that has been under sanctions since 2015 for connections with the government of Bashar al-Assad

On July 27, in the Lebanese port of Tripoli, the cargo ship Laodicea, loaded with Ukrainian wheat flour and barley, was detained. According to the embassy of Ukraine in Beirut, agricultural products were stolen in the occupied regions of Ukraine: Zaporizhzhia, Kherson and Mykolaiv. Further, grain and wheat flour were delivered to the annexed Crimea and loaded onto a ship in the port of Feodosia, which was detained in Lebanon on the 27th. During the occupation, Russia stole over 500.000 tons of grain.

"While Russia denies stealing grain, it has publicly touted the resumption of grain shipments from occupied ports. Grain shipments from Crimea have surged since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February, which analysts say indicates Ukrainian grain is being exported. Exports from Crimea are sanctioned by the European Union and the US," Bloomberg.

The Crimean port, which has been under sanctions since 2015, since the beginning of the war (5 months), has shipped 450.000 tons of grain since the start of the war. Where does this grain come from in Crimea?

The ship Laodicea is anchored and is not allowed to unload. Further analysis of the sources of cargo will be carried out. Public Lebanon prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat stated this. It is worth noting that the ship is owned by Siria Mar Shipping Ltd. Both the company and the vessel have been under international sanctions since 2015 for crime connections with the government of president Bashar al-Assad.

We remind you that earlier in Turkey, the Russian ship Zhibek Zholy, loaded with grain stolen from Ukraine, was detained.

You will be interested