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Ukraine Makes First Grain Shipment Since Russian Invasion

Ukraine Makes First Grain Shipment Since Russian Invasion

Ukraine Makes First Grain Shipment Since Russian Invasion

Ukraine Makes First Grain Shipment Since Russian Invasion

In accordance with a historic agreement to relieve Moscow’s naval blockade in the Black Sea, the first shipment of Ukrainian grain since the Russian invasion in February departed the port of Odessa on Monday morning.

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Antonio Guterres, the head of the UN, who negotiated the deal with Turkey, hailed the news, and Kiev stated that if Moscow upheld its end of the bargain, it would be “relief for the world.”

The world’s poorest countries have been particularly hard struck by the five-month suspension of supply from war-torn Ukraine, one of the largest grain exporters in the world.

Ukraine Makes First Grain Shipment Since Russian Invasion

Officials said the Razoni cargo ship, registered in Sierra Leone, was making its way through a specially cleared corridor in the mine-infested waters of the Black Sea with 26,000 tonnes of maize on board.

“It is expected in Istanbul on August 2. It will then continue its journey after it has been inspected in Istanbul,” the Turkish foreign minister said in a statement.

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The statement said other convoys would follow, respecting the maritime corridor and the agreed formalities.

Last month, Ukraine and Russia signed the breakthrough pact – the first significant accord involving the warring sides since the invasion – with Turkey and the United Nations aimed at getting millions of tonnes of trapped Ukrainian grain to world markets.

Ukraine Makes First Grain Shipment Since Russian Invasion

But Russian strikes on the Odessa port the day after the deal was signed sparked outrage from Ukraine’s allies and cast doubt over the accord.

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According to a UN statement, Guterres “hopes this will be the first of many commercial ships moving in accordance with the initiative signed and will bring much-needed stability and relief to global food security, especially in the most fragile humanitarian contexts”.


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