Russia has "shadow fleet" that plunders Ukrainian ports
Russia is using a "shadow fleet" consisting of vessels that do not have official registration and a flag to steal Ukrainian resources from ports such as Berdyansk and Mariupol
Dmytro Pletenchuk, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Navy, shared the information on the United News telethon.
"They have a so-called "shadow fleet" that does not enter international ports. They use it with AIS turned off, violating international maritime law. They enter the ports of Berdyansk, Mariupol... They load grain and metal there. Then they reload to their ports and thus try to legalize it in order to export it," the military said.
According to Pletenchuk, Russia has the audacity to offer the loot as aid to African countries.
On April 28, the National Resistance Center reported that in the occupied territories of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, collaborators steal grain from farmers or buy it for cheap and sell it in Russia.
On June 13, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported that in the temporarily occupied Berdyansk, Russian forces were filling dry cargo ships with grain stolen from Ukrainian farmers.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin said that after unilaterally withdrawing from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Russia is ready to replace Ukrainian grain and start supplying its own grain to African countries for free.