First ship carrying Ukrainian grain leaves the port of Odesa for Lebanon

Russia & Ukraine signed separate agreements with Turkey and the UN clearing the way for Ukraine — one of the world’s key breadbaskets to export 22 million tons of grain and other farming goods that have been stuck in Black Sea harbors because of Russia’s invasion

The first boat carrying Ukrainian grain leaves the harbor of Odesa for Lebanon
In this photograph handed by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, a Turkish Polarnet cargo ship is loading Ukrainian grain in a harbor in Odesa region, Ukraine, July 29, 2022.( Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ankara The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain has set off from the harbor of Odesa,

Turkey’s defense ministry said Monday.

Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship, Razoni left the harbor of Odesa for Lebanon, the ministry said. A statement from the United Nations said the Razoni is carrying over,000 tons of corn.

Data from the Razon’s Automatic Identification System, a safety tracker for ships on the oceanshowed the vessel slow coming out from its berth at Odesa harbor Monday morning alongside a tug boat.

The ship is expected to reach Istanbul on Tuesday, where it’ll be inspected, before being allowed to advance, the ministry said.

The corn will head to Lebanon, a tiny Mideast nation in the grips of what the World Bank has described as one of the world’s worst financial crises in further than 150 years. A 2020 explosion at its main harbor in Beirut shattered its capital megacity and destroyed grain silos there, a part of which collapsed following a weekslong fire just Sunday.

“ Today Ukraine, together with partners, is taking another step towards preventing world hunger,” said Alexander Kubrakov, the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure.

He said it would also help Ukraine.

” Unlocking ports will give at least$ 1 billion in foreign exchange earnings to the economy and an opportunity for the agricultural sector to plan for next year, ” Kubrakov said.

The Turkish ministry statement said other ships would also depart Ukraine’s harbors through the safe corridors in line with deals signed in Istanbul on July 22, but didn’t give further details.

Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements with Turkey and theU.N. clearing the way for Ukraine — one of the world’s key breadbaskets to export 22 million tons of grain and other agricultural goods that have been stuck in the Black Sea harbors because of Russia’s invasion.

The deals also allow Russia to export grain and fertilizers.

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