According to the Ukrainian infrastructure minister, a ship carrying grain was the first to leave Odesa since the start of the war.
Oleksandr Kubrakov tweeted, “The first grain vessel since Russian aggression has left port.” “Thanks for the support of all our partners countries and the UN, we were able fully implement the Istanbul agreement.”
Russia and Ukraine reached a deal to reopen Black Sea ports in July. This will allow for grain exports to resume – which is necessary to address a growing global food shortage.
Razoni, a dry cargo ship carrying 26,000 tonnes of corn, is Sierra Leone-flagged and left Odesa around 9.30 am (UK time) Monday to head to Lebanon, Kubrakov stated.
Before heading to Tripoli, the vessel will be inspected by Istanbul.
Russia and Ukraine reached separate agreements with Turkey, the UN and Turkey to allow Ukraine, one of the most important breadbaskets in the world, to export 22 millions tons of grain and other agricultural products that were stuck in Black Sea ports due to the conflict.
According to Mr Kubrakov, 16 more ships are currently waiting to leave Ukraine’s ports via safe corridors that follow the Istanbul agreements.
This agreement will allow safe grain shipment in and out Odesa as well as Chornomorsk, and the port at Pivdennyi near.
According to the UN, the World Food Programme also plans to buy, load, and ship an initial 30,000 tonnes of wheat from Ukraine using a UN-chartered vessel.
The blockade of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet by its neighbor since it invaded its neighbour has cut off supplies to all markets and sent grain prices skyrocketing.
Many of the poorest countries in the world rely on Black Sea shipments for their food.
Moscow has denied liability, blaming Western sanctions that have slowed its food and fertiliser exports as well as Ukraine’s mining of its Black Sea ports.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian President, said that Ukraine’s harvest could fall to half of its normal amount because of the conflict.
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One of Ukraine’s most powerful men, a grain merchant was also killed in a Russian missile strike that was targeted at his home.
Oleksiy Vadatursky, the founder and owner of Nibulon, an agricultural company located in Mykolaiv, east of Odesa.
Oleksandr Senkevych, Mykolaiv Mayor, said that more than 12 missiles were fired at the city, making it the most powerful. Two people were confirmed dead and three others injured.
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Russia was also hit hard by an explosive device that was carried in a drone and exploded on Sunday at its Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol, a Crimean port.
Authorities said six people were injured, forcing the cancellation of ceremonies to honor Russia’s navy.
Although Ukraine didn’t immediately claim responsibility, the small-scale and improvised nature of the attack suggested that it could have been the work of insurgents from Ukraine trying to expel Russian forces.