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Three more grain ships leave Ukrainian ports

Three more ships carrying more than 50,000 tonnes of corn head for inspection in Turkey.

August 5, 2022
5 August 2022

Three more ships with grain have departed Ukrainian ports and are headed to Turkey for inspection, Turkey’s defense ministry said on Friday.

The three ships are loaded with more than 50,000 tonnes of corn.

The departure of the ships comes after the first grain ship since the start of the war left Ukraine earlier this week. It crossed the Black Sea under a wartime deal and passed inspection on Wednesday in Istanbul and then headed on to Lebanon.

Another is expected to arrive in the UK in about 10 days.

Ukraine is one of the world’s main breadbaskets and the stocks of grain trapped were exacerbating a sharp rise of food prices and raising fears of a global hunger crisis.

The ships that departed on Friday from Ukraine are from among more than a dozen bulk carriers and cargo ships that had been loaded with grain and stuck at the ports there since the start of the invasion in late February.

While tens of thousands of tons of grains are now making their way out with these latest shipments, it’s still a fraction of the 20 million tonnes of grains that Ukraine says are trapped in the country’s silos and ports, and which must be shipped out in order to make space for the new harvest.

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