Grain shipments leave Ukraine for China, Italy and Turkey


Four more ships carrying grain and sunflower oil left Ukrainian ports through a safe sea corridor. The ships are destined for Turkey, where they will be inspected under an agreement with Russia and the United Nations.

The Joint Coordination Centre, the body set up under the Black Sea Grains Initiative to oversee its implementation, has authorized departures through the maritime corridor for humanitarian aid.

The ships leaving Ukrainian ports head for China, Italy and two locations in Turkey.

A fifth ship has been approved to go to Ukraine to pick up cargo.

They left the ports of Odessa and Chornomorsk on Sunday and will all travel through the Bosphorus.

Millions of tons of grain are stuck in Ukraine due to Russian blockades, which has led to shortages and higher food prices in other countries: Last week, the first ship since February left Ukraine’s ports.

Under a deal brokered by Turkey and the United Nations last month, Russia agreed not to attack ships in transit, while Ukraine said it would guide ships through mined waters.

The contract, which is set to run for 120 days, can be extended if both parties agree. If the deal goes through, Ukraine expects to export up to three million tons of grain per month. President Zelensky welcomed the resumption of exports but said safety concerns remained.

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