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Ukraine accuses Russia of stealing grain from a freighter

2022-08-04T15:06:26.659Z

The freighter "Laodicea" sails under the Syrian flag and, according to Ukraine, has loaded flour and barley from their territories occupied by Russia. Apparently attempts have already been made in Lebanon to sell the delicate goods.



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Freighter "Laodicea" in the Lebanese port of Tripoli: confiscated for 72 hours

Photo: FATHI AL-MASRI / AFP

Ukraine accuses Russia of using a freighter to deliver stolen grain from occupied territories to Syria.

The Foreign Ministry in Kyiv announced that the "Laodicea", sailing under the Syrian flag, had loaded barley and flour.

The grain comes from Russian-occupied areas in eastern Ukraine.

According to information from Lebanon, the ship left the Russian port of Kavkaz in the Kerch Strait a week ago.

According to website Marinetraffic, it headed for the Mediterranean port of Tartus in Syria on Thursday.

Previously, it had stopped in the duty-free area of ​​neighboring Lebanon to offer local traders grain for sale, government sources said.

After protests from the Ukrainian government, Lebanese authorities confiscated the ship for 72 hours.

Investigations had found no evidence of stolen grain, it said.

"I allowed the ship to leave Lebanon for Syria," Transport Minister Ali Hamie told the German Press Agency.

Meanwhile, the freighter "Razoni" - loaded with 26,000 tons of corn from the Ukraine - was also on its way to Lebanon.

According to the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon, he is expected in the port of Tripoli on Sunday morning.

The "Razoni" had left the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa on Monday, as the first ship under international agreements.

Several other ships are waiting there for permission to also export grain.

Lebanon is in the middle of the worst economic crisis in its history and is urgently waiting for grain imports.

Food prices have risen sharply, also because of the war in Ukraine.

The country previously imported more than 70 percent of its grain from Ukraine.

Three quarters of the population live below the poverty line.

The local currency has lost more than 95 percent of its value.

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Source: spiegel

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