First Ukrainian grain ship since war’s start leaves Odessa

first ukrainian grain ship since war's start leaves odessa
first ukrainian grain ship since war’s start leaves odessa

The first grain ship leave the Ukrainian port of Odesa since Russia’s invasion of the Black Sea five months ago arrived in Lebanon on Monday under a safe passage arrangement, Ukrainian and Turkish officials said.

This “day of relief for the world,” especially for those countries faced by food shortages and hunger, was proclaimed by Ukraine’s foreign minister.

A grain-and-fertilizer export agreement between Russia and Ukraine was struck last month by Turkey and the United Nations.

‘The first grain ship since #RussianAggression has left port,’ Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov remarked. Ukrainians and their international allies have taken another step toward ending world hunger today.

The Turkish defence minister had previously stated that the ship Razoni, which is registered in Sierra Leone, will sail to Lebanon.

Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukrainian territory on February 24, a global food and energy crisis has arisen, prompting the UN to issue a global famine alert for this year.

Wheat exports from Russia and Ukraine make up roughly a third of the world’s total. Grain tankers have been unable to safely depart ports due to Western sanctions against Russia and fighting along Ukraine’s eastern seaboard.

In order to ensure the safe transit of grain shipments between Odesa, Chornomorsk, and the port of Pivdennyi, the agreement has been reached..

“The day of relief for the globe, especially our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as the first Ukrainian grain leaves Odesa after months of Russian blockade,” stated Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Twitter.

Russian officials have denied any blame for the current food crisis, blaming the slowdown in exports on Western sanctions and the mining of Ukraine’s port approaches on the country’s own citizens.

An inspection of the Razoni by a multinational team of Russian, Ukrainian, UN, and Turkish representatives will take place in the Bosphorus off Istanbul on Tuesday afternoon.

“As long as there are no concerns, it will continue,” Akar remarked.

There are 17 ships docked in Black Sea ports with a total of about 600,000 tonnes of grain, according to Ukrainian presidential officials.

There will be more ships, according to Kubrakov. According to him, opening the ports would bring the Ukrainian economy at least $1 billion in foreign cash and allow the agriculture industry to plan for the following year’s sowing season.

Ukrainian grain exports have been restarted, and “the world will be watching to see how this deal is implemented to feed people around the world with millions of tonnes,” said the US Embassy in Kyiv.

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