The flour and barley aboard the Syrian ship Laodicea, seized in the port of Tripoli, has been revealed to be Ukrainian, the Embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon reported on Twitter on July 31. It arrived from occupied Crimea.
"We received key documents and evidence from Ukraine that the flour and barley on board the Laodicea were stolen from Ukraine," the embassy said.
“Tomorrow we will submit a petition to the judge in Tripoli to extend the detention period. Knowing that we will do everything possible to distribute it on the Lebanese market as soon as possible.”
The ship's arrival at the port of Tripoli was reported a few days ago. On July 28, the Ambassador of Ukraine in Beirut, Ihor Ostash, met with the president of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, and asked to clarify the circumstances of the Syrian vessel's stay in Lebanese territorial waters. According to him, the ship was loaded in the port of Feodosia with barley exported from the territories occupied by Russia. The following day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon announced that it would inspect the cargo on this vessel.
Subsequently, Lebanese Public Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat confirmed to Bloomberg that the ship is under arrest pending an examination.
Ukraine has noted multiple times that Russia is systematically exporting grain from the occupied territories and trying to sell it in third countries.
According to satellite data, Russia is transporting the Ukrainian harvest by trucks from the occupied territories of the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson oblasts to the occupied Crimean peninsula, where it is loaded onto ships. Some of them arrive at Syrian ports controlled by Russia.