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The first ship with the previously blocked Ukrainian grain is going to sea

The first ship with Ukrainian grain is going to sea

The first ship with Ukrainian grain is going to sea

Today, on August 1 at 9:15 AM, as part of the implementation of the Initiative on the Safe Transportation of Grain and Foodstuffs from Ukrainian Ports, the first vessel carrying Ukrainian foods is expected to depart from the Odesa port.

The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni is headed for Tripoli in Lebanon carrying 26 thousand tons of corn, minister of infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov reported.

"Lifting the blockade on the ports will give at least $1 billion earnings in foreign currency for our economy and the opportunity for our agricultural sector to plan the next year sowing campaign," the minister wrote.

In the ports of the Greater Odesa, 16 more ships are waiting for their turn to leave. They have been blocked since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

"In the next few weeks, with the support from our partners, we are planning to achieve the full capacity of transshipment of agricultural products," Kubrakov said.

Context. On July 22, in Istanbul, on the proposition of the UN, Ukraine, Turkey, and Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres signed the Initiative on the Safe Transportation of Grain and Foodstuffs from Ukrainian Ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Pivdennyi.

The UN, Turkey, and Russia signed a similar deal.

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