1st grain-loaded ship sets off from Ukrainian port

As part of a recent grain export deal signed between Turkey, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine, the first ship has departed from the port of Odesa, according to the National Defense Ministry.

Loaded with corn, the Sierra Leone-flagged dry cargo ship Razoni left Odesa at 8.30 a.m. local time (0530GMT), as agreed by the sides of the accord, it said in a statement.

Turkey, the UN, Russia and Ukraine signed a deal on July 22 to reopen three Ukrainian ports — Odesa, Chernomorsk, and Yuzhny — for grain that has been stuck for months because of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, which is now in its sixth month.

To oversee Ukrainian grain exports, a joint coordination center in Istanbul was officially opened Wednesday, comprising representatives of Turkey, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine to enable the safe transportation, by merchant ships, of commercial foodstuffs and fertilizers from three key Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea.

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