Previously, the occupiers used the seaport mostly for shipping stolen metal products.
Russians have loaded grain stolen from Ukrainian farmers onto a Russian ship at the Mariupol seaport.
Petro Andriuschenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, announced this in his Telegram channel, the CFTS portal reports.
“The first 3,500 tons of Ukrainian grain from the Zaporizhia and Donetsk regions have been stolen with the help of the Mariupol seaport. An RM3 vessel loaded with grain has left the port’s waters. Its loading took about one week, which indicates that the efficiency of the port’s operation is low. We can state for now that this cargo is more about propaganda than being attractive. However, a fact is a fact. The looting of Ukrainian grain is gaining momentum again, now by sea,“ Andriuschenko wrote.
As the CFTS portal reported, Russia plans to turn Mariupol into a major logistics hub for exporting grain from the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions. For this, it is demolishing the railway station and rebuilding the seaport. “If they succeed in implementing their plans, they will be able to use it to export grain from the occupied territories in the Donetsk region and Zaporizhia,“ Andriuschenko said in April.
As reported earlier, the Russians have illegally added the ports of Mariupol and Berdiansk to the Russian Register of Seaports and begun the process of adding a section of the navigable waterways in the Kherson region to the “List of Internal Waterways of the Russian Federation.“
The CFTS portal further reported that the Russians are exporting ore from temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories through the Mariupol seaport.