The first shipment of grain after the Russian invasion was delayed due to bad weather

The first cargo ship to leave Ukraine since Russia invaded its neighboring country more than five months ago encountered bad weather in the Black Sea and is scheduled to arrive in Istanbul later than scheduled, a Turkish official said Tuesday.

Razoni under the flag of Sierra Leone, which sailed from the Ukrainian port of Odessa on MondayRear Admiral Ozcan Altunbulak, coordinator of the joint center set up to oversee grain shipments, said he is expected to arrive in Istanbul early Wednesday morning.

Officials from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN are to inspect the ship after it anchors in Istanbul. The inspections are part of a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey to move stocks of Ukrainian grain to foreign markets and alleviate the growing global food crisis.

Altunbulak said “preparation and planning” is ongoing for other vessels expected to leave Ukrainian ports, but he did not provide details.

As part of the July 22 agreement on supplies, including Russian grain and fertilizer, safe corridors were created through mine waters outside the ports of Ukraine.

“Rising food insecurity”

However, the situation in the Black Sea remains tense, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on international partners to closely monitor Moscow’s compliance with the agreement.

It is expected that more ships will leave the ports of Ukraine along safe corridors. In Odessa, 16 more ships blocked after Russia’s February 24 invasion were waiting in line, Ukrainian officials said, with others following.

More than 26,000 tons of corn aboard the Razoni bound for Lebanon are unlikely to contribute to what the World Bank last week described as “growing food shortages” around the world.

“Record high food prices have triggered a global crisis that will push millions more into extreme poverty,” says the latest food security update, blaming the war in Ukraine, global supply chain problems and the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the resumption of shipments from Ukraine and Russia, which are the main world suppliers of wheat, barley, corn and sunflower oil, gave hope for an improvement in the situation. The fertile Black Sea region has long been known as the breadbasket of Europe.

The Russians “razed Bakhmut to the ground with massive fire”

The development of shipping took place against the backdrop of ongoing hostilities, especially in the south and east of Ukraine.

Moscow forces have followed a familiar pattern of bombarding territories they don’t hold, and Ukrainian officials say at least three civilians were killed in Russian shelling in eastern areas overnight.

In the Donetsk region, at the forefront of the Russian offensive, towns and villages have come under fire, especially Bakhmut, which has borne the brunt of recent shelling.

Donetsk region. Pavel Kirilenlo stated that “the Russians will level Bakhmut with massive fire from the ground and from the air.”

“The shelling of Bakhmut continues around the clock, leaving civilians with little chance of survival,” Kirilenko said in a televised address.

The United States said it was sending additional $550 million in military aid to Kyiv. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tweeted late Monday that the package included 75,000 artillery rounds and more rounds for US-made HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, which gave Ukrainian forces an edge on the battlefield.