Wednesday, August 03, 2022

First shipment of grain leaves Ukrainian port of Odesa


For the first time since the war in Ukraine began, a ship carrying grain left the port of Odesa on Monday thanks to a deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey. Another 16 are waiting to follow, with more to come.

After docking in Istanbul on Tuesday for inspections, the cargo ship Razoni will carry more than 26,000 tons of corn to Lebanon – a first step toward easing a growing food crisis. Ukraine is one of the world's largest exporters of wheat, corn and sunflower oil.

The agreement allows the country to export 22 million tons of grain and other agricultural goods that have been stuck in Black Sea ports for months because of a Russian blockade. Ukrainian authorities said 16 more cargo vessels are waiting their turn at Odesa. As part of the deal, Russia will be able to export grain and fertilizer...MORE

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