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Ukrainian “spy” arrested in an EU state – media

Ukrainian “spy” arrested in an EU state – media

A 33-year-old woman watched a Russian ship unloading ammonia at a “sensitive location” in Normandy, France, Journal du Dimanche reports

French law enforcement authorities have detained a suspected Ukrainian spy who used a drone to spy on a Russian merchant ship carrying fertilizer in the northern part of the country, Le Journal du Dimanche reported on Friday.

According to the newspaper’s police sources, a 33-year-old Ukrainian woman was arrested after she remotely flew a drone over the Borealis chemical plant in the town of Grand-Quevilly on the banks of the Normandy River, about 80 kilometers from the coast. . The device itself, which the paper described as “sensitive,” specializes in the production of fertilizers.

The report said the suspected spy – allegedly acting on behalf of Ukraine – was particularly interested in “Unloading of 11,000 tons of ammonia from a Russian cargo ship.” It also claimed the woman was detained shortly after she was spotted at the facility by a security guard who called the police.

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It did not indicate whether the suspect had been recruited by Kyiv’s special services or what punishment she might face. Nor did it give any details about the Russian ship.

Russia is one of the world’s leading producers of ammonia, a substance that plays a vital role in the production of fertilizers, which significantly improves crop yields. The issue of ammonia exports has come under the spotlight several times during the Ukrainian conflict, especially after the key Toljatti-Odesa ammonia gas pipeline was severely damaged in the Kharkiv region. Moscow and Kiev exchanged accusations over the incident.

While the EU’s unprecedented sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict target a wide range of goods, Moscow’s fertilizer exports have largely escaped any restrictions, provided the sanctioned individuals are not involved. The bloc’s sanctions also do not prohibit EU states from granting port access to Russian-flagged vessels to import or transport agricultural products, including fertilizers and wheat.

Despite repeated calls for the EU to become less dependent on Russian agricultural products, the bloc’s nitrogen imports rose by 34% in the 2022-2023 fertilizer marketing campaign compared to the previous period, with Russia accounting for around a third of the overall growth. according to Eurostat.

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