A ship arrives in Istanbul with Ukrainian grain

A ship arrives in Istanbul with Ukrainian grain

ISTANBUL ( Associated Press) — A ship that left Ukraine to unblock grain delivery and face the threat of a global food crisis arrived in Turkey on Monday.

The Turkish-flagged Polarnet sails to the port of Dariens in the Gulf of Izmit on 5 August after leaving Chornomorsk laden with 12,000 tonnes of corn.

“This sends a message of hope to every family in the Middle East, Africa and Asia: Ukraine will not leave you,” Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba tweeted. “If Russia sticks to its obligations, the ‘grain broker’ will continue to maintain global food security.”

A total of 12 ships have got the green signal to sail under the agreement between Ukraine and Russia, mediated by Turkey and the United Nations. Ten of them were in Ukrainian ports and two were on their way to the country. Some 322,000 tonnes of agricultural products have left Ukrainian ports, most of them corn, but also sunflower and soybean oil.

According to the MarineTraffic website, the first ship to leave Ukraine, the Sierra Leone-flagged Rajoni, which sailed on August 1, has not yet reached its destination in Lebanon and was anchored off Turkey’s southern coast on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, according to Turkey’s Defense Ministry, two more ships with corn and soybeans left Ukrainian Black Sea ports on Monday.

Sacura left Yuzhny with 11,000 tons of soybeans for Italy, and Arizona left Chornomorsk with 48,458 tons of corn destined for Iskenderun in southern Turkey.

According to Turkey’s defense ministry, four ships that left Ukraine on Sunday are expected to anchor near Istanbul on Monday night. They were to be inspected on Tuesday.

According to the agreement, ships leaving Ukraine are checked by officials from the three countries and the United Nations to verify that they only carry grain, fertilizer or food, and not any other products. Incoming ships are checked to make sure they are not carrying weapons.

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