The first ship carrying Ukrainian wheat to be exported under a United Nations-brokered deal arrived in Istanbul on Sunday, the joint coordination center based in the Turkish city said.
The Belize-flagged ship is the first to transport wheat from Ukraine across the Black Sea since the Russian invasion. The Sormovsky was loaded with 3,050 tons of wheat and left the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk on Friday.
The captain of the ship with Ukrainian grain describes the ship’s journey through minefields
1. Wheat export from Ukraine under UN deal as more ships leave Black Sea ports
Reuters footage showed the ship crossing the Bosphorus and docking there awaiting inspection.
It was the first shipment of wheat from Ukraine, which together with Russia accounted for nearly a third of world wheat exports, before Moscow launched a “special operation” to demilitarize its neighbor on February 24.
The first ship of Ukraine’s grain exports sails for the first time since the beginning of the Russian invasion
A total of 18 ships have now sailed from Ukraine in the last two weeks after a deal was struck with Russia to allow grain exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports to resume after five months of stalling because of the war.
The deal, brokered by the United Nations along with Turkey, was struck last month amid fears that the loss of Ukrainian grain supplies would lead to severe food shortages and even starvation in parts of the world.
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