Ukraine asks Turkey to arrest Russian cargo ship

Ukraine asks Turkey to arrest Russian cargo ship

Ukraine on Friday asked Turkey to arrest a Russian-flagged cargo ship that Kyiv alleged had set off from a Kremlin-occupied port.

Marine traffic websites showed the Zhibek Zholy anchored about a kilometre (half a mile) off Turkey’s Black Sea port of Karasu.

They also showed the ship only switching on its transponders about 12 hours before approaching Turkey.

Kyiv’s ambassador to Ankara said the ship had set sail from Ukraine’s Kremlin-occupied port of Berdyansk.

“Based on instruction from the Ukrainian general prosecutor, we asked the Turkish side to take corresponding measures,” Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar said on Twitter.

“I am convinced that (Turkish) measures will prevent attempts to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

The website said the 140-metre (460-foot) general cargo vessel was sailing under the Russian flag.

Bodnar last month accused Turkey of purchasing grain seized by Russia from Ukraine during its invasion.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said last week that Ankara was investigating reports of Russian-seized Ukrainian grain reaching its Black Sea shores.

But he added that Turkey had been unable to find any stolen Ukrainian grain shipments to date.