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Bulk carrier M/V Razoni, carrying a cargo of 26,000 tonnes of corn, leaves Ukraines port of Odessa, en route to Tripoli in Lebanon, on August 1, 2022, amid Russia's military invasion launched on Ukraine. - The first shipment of Ukrainian grain left the port of Odessa on August 1 under the under the Black Sea Grain Initiative deal signed in Istanbul, on 22 July, aimed at relieving a global food crisis following Russia's invasion of its neighbour, the Turkish defence ministry said. (Photo by Oleksandr GIMANOV / AFP) (Photo by OLEKSANDR GIMANOV/AFP via Getty Images)

The first grain ship to depart Ukraine since Russia invaded has arrived in Turkish waters and completed inspections, Ankara says.

The Razoni, which carried 26,000 tonnes of corn, was inspected by officials from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations. It is unclear when the ship will be able to sail onward to Lebanon. Ukraine’s ports have been blocked since Russia invaded in February, intensifying food shortages worldwide.

Turkish and UN officials brokered a deal last month to allow the resumption of shipments. The Ukrainian navy will guide cargo ships through mined waters.
President Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized the need for grain exports to become regular again in his usual evening address on Tuesday. “Our goal now is to have regularity: so that when one ship leaves the port, there are other ships as well – both those loading and those approaching the port,” he said. Additionally, he hoped exports would encourage Ukrainian farmers to plant seeds next season, easing food shortages elsewhere.
“This is a matter of food security for our country as well – we are now ensuring next year.”

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