Ukrainian ports are gradually opening: three more ships with food are leaving

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Three more ships will depart Black Sea ports with food on Friday morning as part of a grain deal brokered by United Nations and Turkey, officials announced.

Two ships will depart from the port of Chornomorsk and another from the port of Odessa, carrying a total of more than 58,000 tons of corn.

“We hope for the professionalism of all those involved,” Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov wrote on Facebook.

A security officer stands next to a Navi-Star ship full of grain.

A security officer stands next to a Navi-Star ship full of grain.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

By deal Officials said on July 22 that vessels carrying grain, corn and related food products were allowed to leave the ports of Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny.

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The agreement came under threat on July 23, when Russia launched a series of missile strikes. on the coast of Ukrainebut this week the first ship with 26,000 tons of corn left.

Security personnel stand in front of a granary in Odessa, Ukraine.

Security personnel stand in front of a granary in Odessa, Ukraine.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

February Russian invasion Ukraine has squeezed food prices around the world, as both countries are key players in the global commodity market.

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The United Nations FAO Food Price Index, which measures global prices for a basket of food commodities, rose 23% in June from the same period last year.