Ukraine: First grain-laden ship departs Odesa since conflict began

(MENAFN) According to the Ukrainian infrastructure minister, a ship carrying grain has departed the port of Odesa for the first time since the conflict began.

"The first grain ship since Russian aggression has left port," Oleksandr Kubrakov posted a tweet. "Thanks to the support of all our partner countries & UN we were able to fully implement the agreement signed in Istanbul."

In July, Russia and Ukraine agreed to reopen Black Sea ports in order to resume grain exports, which are required to ease a rising global food crisis.

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Mr. Kubrakov said the Sierra Leone-flagged dry cargo ship Razoni, which is carrying 26,000 tons of grain, departed the port of Odesa at roughly 9.30 a.m. (7.30 a.m. UK time) on Monday towards Lebanon.

The ship will be examined in Istanbul before proceeding to Tripoli, Lebanon.

Russia and Ukraine inked separate deals with Turkey and the United Nations, opening the way for Ukraine, one of the world's major breadbaskets, to export 22 million tons of grain and other agricultural supplies that had been stranded in Black Sea ports due to the fighting.


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