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World First ship carrying Ukrainian grain leaves port under July deal

13:31  01 august  2022
13:31  01 august  2022 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

How much grain is stuck in Ukraine?

  How much grain is stuck in Ukraine? Turkey says a deal has been reached to let grain be shipped from Ukraine's Black Sea ports.A blockade imposed by Russia has caused soaring food prices and left millions at risk of hunger.

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The first cargo ship carrying Ukrainian grain left a Black Sea port in southern Ukraine on Monday under a deal enabling the safe passage of food-carrying vessels.

The Sierra Leone-flagged ship Razoni departed the port city of Odesa on Monday carrying 26,000 metric tons of corn bound for Lebanon, according to authorities. A deal brokered by the United Nations and signed by Ukrainian and Russian officials in Turkey on July 22 is expected to release a large volume of Ukrainian agricultural products to foreign markets and ease a growing food security crisis. The Turkish Ministry of Defense said on Monday that other ships will also be dispatched from Ukrainian Black Sea ports in line with the deal.

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“The first [Ukrainian] grain ship since #RussianAggression has left port,” Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov wrote on Twitter on Monday, thanking Turkey and the U.N. for helping implement the agreement.

Cargo ships have been unable to leave ports in Ukraine since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion due to a naval blockade of the Black Sea. An estimated 22 million tons of grain has been stuck at the ports since the start of the war.

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Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said on Monday that "ensuring that existing grain and foodstuffs can move to global markets is a humanitarian imperative."

"The Secretary-General hopes that this will be the first of many commercial ships moving in accordance with the Initiative signed, and that this will bring much-needed stability and relief to global food security especially in the most fragile humanitarian contexts," Dujarric said in a statement, adding that the U.N. World Food Programme is planning to purchase, load, and ship at least 30,000 metric tons of wheat out of Ukraine on a U.N.-chartered ship.

Russia says strike on Ukrainian port only hit military targets

  Russia says strike on Ukrainian port only hit military targets Russia's attack on Odesa came less than a day after Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement on resuming grain shipments from there.“In the seaport in the city of Odesa, on the territory of a shipyard, sea-based high-precision long-range missiles destroyed a docked Ukrainian warship and a warehouse with Harpoon anti-ship missiles supplied by the U.S. to the Kyiv regime,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said at a daily briefing.

The Razoni is expected to reach Istanbul on Tuesday, where it will be inspected, before being allowed to proceed, the Associated Press reported.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky traveled to Odesa on Friday to oversee the loading of the ship. Under the agreement, three Ukrainian ports in Odesa, Chernomorsk, and Yuzhny will be allowed to ship agricultural products and fertilizer out of Ukraine.

Ukrainian and Western officials seemed skeptical of the deal after Russia launched an attack on a port in Odesa just hours after the deal was signed.

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First ship carrying Ukrainian grain leaves the port of Odesa .
The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain has set off from the port of Odesa on Monday under an internationally brokered deal that is expected to release large stores of Ukrainian crops to foreign markets and ease a growing hunger crisis. © (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office) A Turkish cargo ship loads grain in the Ukrainian port of Odesa region on Friday. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office) The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni left Odesa for Lebanon, Turkey's defense ministry said. A statement from the United Nations said the Razoni was carrying more than 26,000 tons of corn.

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