First shipment of Ukrainian grain leaves Odesa

1 August, 12:35 PM
Ship RAZONI (Photo:Andriy Stavnitser via Facebook)

Ship RAZONI (Photo:Andriy Stavnitser via Facebook)

For the first time since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a ship loaded with Ukrainian grain has left the port of Odesa, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Alexander Kurbakov said in a Facebook post on Aug. 1.

The vessel in question is called RAZONI and flies the flag of Sierra Leone. It’s carrying 26,000 tons of Ukrainian corn to Tripoli, Lebanon, and will follow a transit corridor established by the UN and Turkey.

“Unblocking (Ukrainian) ports will yield at least $1 billion in revenue for our economy, and allows our farmers to start planning for the next season,” the minister added.

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A further 16 ships still remain in Odesa, waiting for their turn to safely depart – they’ve been moored ever since the war broke out.

The pace and volume of Ukrainian agricultural exports is expected to reach its usual throughput in the coming weeks, according to Kurbakov.

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