“Robbed by the Russians”. And the Italian-Maltese cargo ends up in the hands of the separatists

“Robbed by the Russians”. And the Italian-Maltese cargo ends up in the hands of the separatists
“Robbed by the Russians”. And the Italian-Maltese cargo ends up in the hands of the separatists

L’heavy load steel destined for Italy ended up in the hands of the Russians, together with the ship that transported it. Kidnapped, requisition, “stolen“. The Italian shipowner Augusto Cosulich does not use different terms and speaks precisely of “theft“. The cargo Tzarevna, belonging to a company of the Genoese group “Fratelli Cosulich”, has been stolen from its owners by the government of the self-proclaimed Republic of Donesk, which now intends to nationalize it. The large ship, stopped at the port of Mariupol since February 24th, is now ready to sail towards the Russian port of Rostov. In fact, an expropriation is taking place.

The merchant, battende Maltese flag but owned by Italy, it was destined to reach the port of Monfalcone with its load of 15,000 tons of slabs destined for the rolling mills of San Giorgio di Nogaro. Moreover, that material also had a symbolic value, as well as a commercial one, since it had been one of the last productions of the steel mill. Azovstal. And yet it will never reach our port. “The news is that the Russians are taking everything, ship and cargo“, Augusto Cosulich announced, following an announcement by the leader of the self-proclaimed” Donetsk People’s Republic “, Denis Pushilin.

Today, 2,500 tons of hot rolled sheet rolls left the port of Mariupol, the ship headed for Rostov“, the separatist leader had made known via Telegram, stating that with the nationalization of the foreign ships remaining in Mariupol (including the Tzarevna, therefore), the Republic of Donetsk will have its own merchant fleet. For the Italian group which – through the subsidiary Vulcania – owns the cargo, the damage it is particularly significant: according to the owner’s estimate, the value of the ship is about 9 million dollars, while that of the cargo is 12 million dollars.

What they told me is that it is about to be nationalized by the government of the new Donesk Republic. Basically and in a nutshell there is it they steal in defiance of international law. We have contacted the Maltese Prime Minister who will make an official protest in Moscow. But we would be pleased that, being Italian property, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs does the same“, said Augusto Cosulich. And on the Italian political front, the story immediately found a side. In particular, the president of the Liguria Region spoke about the incident. Giovanni Toti.

What is happening with the Tzarevna ship owned by a company of the Fratelli Cosulich Group, based in Genoa, is inadmissible and serious: the ship risks being nationalized by the government of the new Republic of Donesk, i.e. stolen from the Italian owners“, Toti affirmed. And again:”As president of the Liguria Region I express all my solidarity to the Genoese shipowner with whom I am in contact and I assure my commitment also towards the government“. The governor of Liguria then assured that he was also in contact with the foreign minister Luigi Di Maiowhich – he added – “has already assured us all the efforts of the Farnesina to avoid this significant damage to our country and to one of the main Italian shipping groups“.


The article is in Italian

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