The Syrian vessel LAODICEA, which was carrying what is believed to be Ukrainian grain, is allowed to leave the Lebanese port of Tripoli. As reported to Krym.Realii at the Ukrainian Embassy in Lebanon, on the night of August 3, a local court overturned previous court decisions prohibiting LAODICEA from leaving the port and unloading grain.
Ukraine’s ambassador to Lebanon, Igor Ostash, in an exclusive comment to Krym.Realii, said that this decision was unexpected for Ukrainian diplomats and indicates that the Syrian ship was forced to “flee” after the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon will draw the world’s attention. community to the facts of grain export from the occupied territories of southern Ukraine.
“We pretty much took them by the hand, but unfortunately we were very surprised by the court’s decision tonight. This is a decision to override all previous decisions and allow the ship to sail to Syria. This means that they simply run away. Shamefully they are fleeing Lebanon,” said Igor Ostash.
The Ukrainian embassy emphasized that the evidence collected by Ukrainian diplomats in a short time suggests that Russia is exporting grain from the occupied Ukrainian territories through Crimean ports. After the publication of these facts, it will be practically impossible for other similar ships with Ukrainian grain to hide their routes and cargoes, Igor Ostash emphasized.
“We managed to show the whole world that this is really stolen grain, and obviously this will be a warning to everyone who still wants to repeat this path,” the Ukrainian ambassador said.
On July 29, in the Lebanese port of Tripoli, the ship LAODICEA was detained under the Syrian flag with a cargo, presumably Ukrainian grain, which was previously registered by Krym.Realii in the seaport of Feodosia.
The Embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon obtained a court order for the ship LAODICEA to leave the port of Tripoli and unload flour and barley which, according to Ukrainian diplomats, were transported on this dry cargo ship.
The LAODICEA vessel appears in criminal proceedings under art. 332-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Violation of the procedure for entering the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine…”).
The position of the vessel LAODICEA in the port of Tripoli is confirmed by the Marine Traffic website, which shows the route history and the location of the vessels in real time. The freighter is reported to have arrived in Tripoli from the Turkish port of Izmir.
Previously, Krym.Realii repeatedly reported how ships were loaded at the grain terminal in Sevastopol.
Ukrainian authorities accuse Russia of stealing at least 400,000 tons of grain from the occupied territories. Some, according to journalistic investigations, are then handed over to annexed Crimea, and from there they are taken on ships to Turkey, Egypt and Syria, often on ships that do not sail under Russian flags.
The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office is investigating the illegal export of Ukrainian grain by Russia through occupied Crimea to third countries. The Russian authorities have publicly confirmed that they are exporting Ukrainian grain from the occupied territories to annexed Crimea. Russian Crimea chief Sergei Aksyonov admitted that Russia was selling Ukrainian grain.
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