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Wheat export resumes, the first ship since the beginning of the war leaves the port of Odesa

Wheat export resumes, the first ship since the beginning of the war leaves the

A ship loaded with wheat has left the Ukrainian port of Odesa for the first time since the start of the war, according to the Turkish defense ministry.

The move comes after Russia and Ukraine signed a deal in July to reopen Black Sea ports and resume grain exports, shipments needed to ease a growing global food crisis.

The Sierra Leone-flagged ship RAZONI, loaded with corn, was scheduled to leave the port of Odesa at 8:30 a.m. for Lebanon, the Turkish defense ministry said.

Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements with Turkey and the UN, clearing the way for Ukraine, one of the world's leading breadbaskets, to export 22 million tons of grain and other agricultural goods that have been stuck in Black Sea ports for because of the conflict.

Other ships are expected to depart from Ukrainian ports through secure corridors in accordance with the agreements signed in Istanbul.

The agreement aims to allow the safe passage of grain shipments in and out of Odesa, as well as Chornomorsk and the nearby port of Pivdennyi.

A blockade by Russia's Black Sea fleet since it invaded its neighbor has cut off supplies to markets around the world and sent wheat prices soaring.

Many people in the world's poorest regions rely on shipments from the Black Sea for food.

Moscow has denied responsibility, blaming Western sanctions for slowing its food and fertilizer exports and Ukraine for mining its Black Sea ports.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine's harvest could be half its usual amount because of the conflict.

Source: SkyNews

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