25 July, 06:34 PM

Grain export from Ukrainian seaports starts this week

Grain export will start from the seaport of Chornomorsk, and then from the ports of Odesa and Pivdenny, this week, Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov said during the press conference on July 25.

Despite Russia’s recent attack of the Odesa Seaport, Ukrainian government plans to start the export by sea this week as part of the Grain Export Initiative signed in Istanbul on July 22.

“Over the next two days, internal technical documents of the coordination center will be developed in Istanbul,” Kubrakov said. “It is expected that the center will start working on July 27.”

Grain exports will be launched primarily from the commercial seaport of Chornomorsk, deputy infrastructure minister Yuriy Vaskov added.

“We believe that within the next 24 hours we will be ready to work on resuming the export of agricultural products from our ports,” said Vaskov.

The first shipment of grain is planned to be carried out this week. Within two weeks, the Ministry of Infrastructure will be technically ready to export from all terminals of these three Ukrainian Black Sea ports.

Earlier reports stated that three unblocked Black Sea ports of Ukraine will be able to export about 3 million tons of agricultural products every month. The grain will be transported to the same countries to which it was exported before the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

On July 22, Ukraine signed an agreement with Turkey and the UN on unblocking the export of Ukrainian grain through ports in the Black Sea. Russia signed a mirror treaty with Turkey and the UN.

The agreement regards exports from the Ukrainian ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk and Pivdenny. The control of ports will remain with the Ukrainian side; no ships other than those that will ensure the export of grain and related products will be able to enter the ports. A day after signing the agreement Russia stroke the Odesa Port with two missiles, claiming it was targeting military facilities.

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