Twenty-nine foreign ships loaded with cargo have been stuck in the ports of Mykolaiv since the beginning of the full-scale war on 24 February 2022, waiting to take to the seas.

The Mykolaiv regional military administration’s head Vitaly Kim announced during a news briefing at the regional administration, the CFTS portal reports, citing the Business Censor publication.

"There are 29 foreign ships loaded with cargo in Mykolaiv ports, including 6 Turkish ships. They are all ready to take to the seas as soon as a decision is made to link Mykolaiv to the grain corridor," he said.

According to Kim, these vessels are in very different situations. Most of them have crews, the crews of others have been evacuated, and some of the cargo on the others are in danger of catching fire. Therefore, the regional military administration is monitoring these issues, it has delivered water and provisions to some ships, while the owners of other ships have done this themselves.

In addition, according to him, there is currently no official information about including Mykolaiv in the Black Sea Grain Initiative (which established a humanitarian maritime corridor to allow ships to export grain and other foodstuffs from Ukraine), and he believes its inclusion will become more realistic only after the Kinburn spit is liberated.