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1st ship carrying Ukrainian wheat to be exported under UN deal arrives in Turkey

Click to play video: 'Captain of ship carrying Ukrainian grain details ship’s journey through minefields' Captain of ship carrying Ukrainian grain details ship’s journey through minefields
The Turkish captain of a ship transporting grain from Ukraine described on Monday the dangerous journey through the Black Sea after the grain carrier finally docked at a Turkish port. The Polarnet ship, carrying 12,000 tonnes of corn, had been stranded in Ukraine’s southern Chornormorsk port since February and left the port on Aug. 5 – Aug 8, 2022

The first ship carrying Ukrainian wheat to be exported under a U.N.-brokered deal arrived in Istanbul on Sunday, the Joint Coordination Centre based in the Turkish city, said.

The Belize-flagged vessel is the first to carry wheat from Ukraine through the Black Sea since Russia’s invasion. The Sormovsky was loaded with 3,050 mt of wheat and had left Ukraine’s port of Chornomorsk on Friday.

Click to play video: 'Captain of ship carrying Ukrainian grain details ship’s journey through minefields' Captain of ship carrying Ukrainian grain details ship’s journey through minefields
Captain of ship carrying Ukrainian grain details ship’s journey through minefields – Aug 8, 2022

Read more: 1st Ukraine wheat export under UN deal as more ships leave Black Sea ports

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Reuters footage showed the ship crossing the Bosphorus Strait and docking there, awaiting inspection.

It was the first shipment of wheat from Ukraine, which, along with Russia, accounted for nearly a third of global wheat exports before Feb. 24, when Moscow launched what it describes as a “special operation” to demilitarize its neighbor.

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First ship of Ukraine grain exports sails for first time since Russia’s invasion began – Aug 1, 2022

A total of 18 ships have now departed from Ukraine over the past two weeks, following the deal with Russia to allow a resumption of grain exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, after they were stalled for five months due to the war.

The agreement, brokered by the United Nations along with Turkey, was reached last month amid fears that the loss of Ukrainian grain supplies would lead to severe food shortages and even outbreaks of famine in parts of the world.

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