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The United Nations expects an increase in the number of ships seeking to export Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea after transit procedures are agreed upon and a goal of two to five million tonnes a month is “achievable.”

On Monday, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN agreed on transit procedures for resuming Ukraine’s Black Sea grain and fertilizer exports. Among the procedures is the establishment of a 10-nautical mile (18.5-km) zone of protection for ships.

Kenney reports that the first 12 ships to leave Black Sea ports carrying corn and foodstuffs carried 370,000 tonnes.

The Ukrainian government has approved the travel of four other vessels. It is expected that the number of ships entering the country will increase as grain sales are arranged, Kenney told reporters.

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