In September, the Pawell dry cargo carrier loaded 2,500 tons of Ukrainian wheat in occupied Berdyansk.
The ship under the Syrian flag went to the Black Sea Turkish port of Samsun. However, the port refused to accept the cargo.
The documents submitted by the carrier were stamped "Zaporozhsky region" in Russian - a definition that is not typical for Ukraine.
Then Pawell went to the nearby city of Sinop and stood on the raid for more than a week. No later than September 21, the ship turned off AIS (the transponder that transmits coordinates) and left Samsun.
UA SOUTH journalists did not find Pawell in the waters near Sinop on September 21-22 according to the coordinates last transmitted by the bulk carrier.
Instead, the UA SOUTH source reported that Pawell unloaded the stolen Ukrainian grain on September 24-25 in the port of the small town of Hopa near the Georgian border.
We phone-called the Port of Hopa and we were told that the Pawell ship had left the port. It was fined for turning off AIS, but given the option to leave Hopa with a "defective" transponder. Pawell then went to Samsun and is currently loading cement.
All Turkish companies refused to buy stolen Ukrainian grain. According to our information, Turkish businesses received a clear signal from Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar - all companies involved in schemes to buy Ukrainian assets seized from the Russians will forever be blacklisted in Ukraine, including the founders and management.
The grain was bought by the newly established Turkish company Geos, which was founded by some citizens of Morocco. Who is really standing behind these intermediaries and looting Ukrainian stores has not yet been figured out.