The first ship carrying grain has now left the port of Odesa for the first time since 24 February when Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine started.
The Turkish President and the United Nations (UN) held talks with Russia and an agreement was signed in Istanbul allowing grain to leave the war torn country.
The deal between Russia and the Ukraine was signed in July which allows the Black Sea ports to be reopened to allow grain to feed the world to help ease pressure on the global food crisis.
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Oleksandr Kubrakov wrote on Twitter, “The first grain ship since Russian aggression has left port.
“Thanks to the support of all our partner countries & UN we were able to fully implement the agreement signed in Istanbul.”
Kubrakov said that the Sierra Leone flagged dry cargo ship is loaded with 26,000 tons of corn left Odesa on Monday morning and is now heading to Lebanon.
Turkey will inspect the ship in Istanbul when it arrives then it will proceed to the port of Tripoli in north Lebanon.
There is a further 16 more ships waiting to leave ports in Ukraine which hold around 600,000 tons of dry cargo including the ship Razoni which left at 9:30 on Monday morning.
On Saturday President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed his readiness to export Ukrainian grain, he added that Ukraine are waiting for signals from their partners about the start of transportation.
“We are ready to export Ukrainian grain. We are waiting for signals from our partners about the start of transportation,” Zelensky said on Telegram.
Deputy Head of the President’s Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Friday, on his Telegram channel, “There are 17 ships in the ports with almost 600,000 tonnes of cargo.
“Of these, 16 ships with Ukrainian grain with a total tonnage of about 580,000 tonnes, which will soon leave for ports of destination.”