First shipment of grain leaves Ukraine after months of Russian blockade amid food crisis

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First ship we transport Ukrainian grain left the port of Odessa on Monday morning as part of an internationally brokered deal that is expected to release large stocks of Ukrainian crops to foreign markets amid the global food crisis.

The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni cargo ship left Odessa for Lebanon, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. United Nations statement says Razoni is rescheduling 26,000 tons of corn.

Razoni is expected to arrive in Istanbul on Tuesday. He will then be inspected before being allowed to continue his journey.

Lebanon at present during the financial crisis. A 2020 explosion at its main port in Beirut devastated its capital and destroyed granaries there, some of which collapsed after a week-long fire on Sunday.

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In this photo provided by the Press Office of the President of Ukraine, the Turkish cargo ship Polarnet is loading Ukrainian grain at the port of Odesa region, Ukraine, Friday, July 29, 2022.

In this photo provided by the Press Office of the President of Ukraine, the Turkish cargo ship Polarnet is loading Ukrainian grain at the port of Odesa region, Ukraine, Friday, July 29, 2022.
(Press Service of the President of Ukraine via AP)

“Today, Ukraine, together with partners, is taking another step towards preventing hunger in the world,” said Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov.

He said that this would also help Ukraine.

“The opening of ports will bring the economy at least $1 billion in foreign exchange earnings and give the agricultural sector the opportunity to plan for the next year,” Kubrakov said.

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Security personnel stand in front of a granary at the Odessa Sea Port, Odessa, Ukraine, Friday, July 29, 2022.

Security personnel stand in front of a granary at the Odessa Sea Port, Odessa, Ukraine, Friday, July 29, 2022.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements with Turkey and the UN

According to the agreements Russia agreed not to attack Ukrainian naval ships or port infrastructure as Ukraine tries to offload 22 million tons of grain to vulnerable and developing countries from Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny.

A security officer stands next to a Navi Star ship full of grain since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began five months ago, waiting to sail from the Odessa Seaport in Odessa, Ukraine, Friday, July 29, 2022.

A security officer stands next to a Navi Star ship full of grain since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began five months ago, waiting to sail from the Odessa Seaport in Odessa, Ukraine, Friday, July 29, 2022.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Deals also allow Russia export grain and fertilizers.

However, Russia hit Odessa rocket attack on Saturday, followed by several shellings just a few days later in the seaside cities of Odessa, Yuzhnoye and Zatoka.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.