First Shipment of Grain Leaves Odessa, Ukraine Monday 5:30 GMT
Ukraine - The first shipment of grain left Odessa Monday, August 1st, at 5:30 GMT, Turkish Defense Ministry says. This news comes following an agreement between Ukraine and Russia to allow grain to move through the Black Sea. This agreement was quickly thwarted when Russia attacked Odessa less than 24 hours after the grain deal was made.
Turkish Defense Ministry has said that there will be more to come of grain shipments through the maritime corridor.
On Saturday, July 23rd, Russia attacked the port of Odessa, almost immediately after making agreements to allow grain shipments via the Black Sea. Russia and Ukraine had made a deal only one day earlier, to “allow shipment of millions of tons of trapped grain and ease a global food crisis,” according to the Washington Post.
The Washington Post also said that the grain shipment deal was “brokered” by the United Nations and Turkey, and would help “lift a Black Sea blockade that exacerbated global hunger, especially in Africa and the Middle East.”
On July 23rd, the Washington Post reported that “with more than 20 million tons stuck in Black Sea ports, the (Russia/Ukraine) conflict has sparked food shortages and price hikes worldwide, and intensified fears of acute hunger in poorer nations.”
According to Turkey’s news agency, TRT, the ship “Razoni” held a shipment of corn, was headed to Lebanon, and displayed the flag of Sierra León.
Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense had stated (translated Turkish to English): “Following this first ship, which will make shipments within the scope of the 'Initiative for the Safe Shipment of Grain and Foodstuffs from Ukrainian Ports' document signed between Turkey, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the United Nations on July 22, 2022, the other ships are planned to be transferred within the framework of the corridors and procedures determined."
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