The first shipment of Ukrainian grain leaves the port of Odessa

  • The ship will pass through Istanbul this Tuesday afternoon, from where, after being inspected, it will continue to Lebanon, the destination of its cargo

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The first cargo of Ukrainian grain leaves from the port of Odessa

The first Ukrainian wheat freighter has already left the port of Odessa, in the south of Ukraine, destined first for Turkey and then It was shipped to Lebanon

This is the first shipment and export by sea from Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion at the end of February this year. ;either. Russia established, at the start of the war, a naval blockade in the Black Sea, which has only been broken —only for commercial freighters— thanks to the agreement reached in Istanbul two weeks ago with the mediation of Turkey and United Nations

“Today is a day of relief for the world, and especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The first freighter with Ukrainian wheat has been able to leave Odessa after months of Russian blockade. Ukraine has always been a reliable partner and so on. will follow as long as Russia respects its part of the deal”, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said on Monday.

According to the agreement, Moscow; will allow the safe transit of Ukrainian merchants through the Black Sea in exchange for kyiv not using its passage to import arms and ammunition. To control these points, Ukraine and Russia agreed to establish a joint control center in Istanbul – also with the presence of the UN and Turkey –. from there the passage of ships and their inspection is agreed.

A ship from Sierra Leone

or in leaving Ukraine after the pact has been the ship ‘Razoni’ flying the flag of Sierra Leone. She carries 26,000 tons of grain and its final destination is the port of Tripoli, in Lebanon. 

After leaving the port of Odessa this Monday at 8:30 local time, however , the ‘Razoni’ will be directed First to Istanbul, where the contents of the freighter will be shipped. investigated by members of the Joint Coordination Center.

The ship is expected to arrive in the Turkish city on Tuesday afternoon. After the inspection, the freighter will be able to transit through the Bosporus Strait in a southerly direction, first towards the Aegean Sea and then to the Mediterranean. Final destination: Lebanon. 

“Efforts continue so that Ukrainian wheat shipments can continue. This is a humanitarian issue, since the lack of food security can trigger other global security problems & rdquor ;, said this Monday the Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, who has carried out the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.

“Turkey also wants to help, in addition, to uproot the wheat that is being damaged. waiting to be exported in the ports of Russia ”, Akar said. This grain is stopped by Western sanctions on Russian exports. The EU, however, was A few weeks ago, he was in favor of lifting part of the sanctions against Russian fertilizers and wheat, something that has yet to materialize.

Stolen wheat

From the At the start of the war, international observers and several independent investigations have shown how Russia has been exporting wheat stolen from Ukrainian silos in the cities and ports that Moscow is. was conquering This wheat has mostly ended up in Turkish and Syrian ports, intermittently in Egypt and Lebanon. 

In fact, the last week came to the Lebanese port of Tripoli —the same port to which the Sierra Leonean freighter ‘Razoni’— the ship ‘Laodicea’, flying the Syrian flag and which, according to kyiv, was carrying stolen wheat. The ship docked. He returned to port and shortly after, this Saturday, the prosecutor's office of the Arab country ordered the seizure of her cargo .


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