A Russian cargo ship allegedly carrying Ukrainian grain has been detained by Turkey’s customs authorities at Kyiv’s request, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey said on Sunday.

"We have full co-operation [with Turkiye]. The ship is currently standing at the entrance to the port, it has been detained by the customs authorities of Turkey," Ambassador Vasyl Bondar said in an interview with Ukrainian television.

According to Bodnar, investigators will meet on Monday to decide on the ship’s fate.

He added that Turkish customs authorities had seized the Zhibek Zholy, a Russian-flagged vessel carrying 7,000 tons of grain from the port of Berdyansk, Reuters reported.