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Ship carrying grain from Ukraine arrives in Istanbul

Published:Monday | August 8, 2022 | 6:44 AM
The cargo ship Polarnet arrives at Derince port in the Gulf of Izmit, Turkey, Monday, August 8, 2022. The first of the ships to leave Ukraine under a deal to unblock grain supplies amid the threat of a global food crisis arrived at its destination in Turkey on Monday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

ISTANBUL (AP) — The first of the ships to leave Ukraine under a deal to unblock grain supplies and stave off a potential global food crisis arrived at its destination in Turkey on Monday.

The Turkey-flagged Polarnet docked at Derince port in the Gulf of Izmit after setting off from Chornomorsk on August 5 laden with 12,000 tonnes of corn.

“This sends a message of hope to every family in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia: Ukraine won't abandon you,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted.

“If Russia sticks to its obligations, the 'grain corridor' will keep maintaining global food security.”

A total of 12 ships have now been authorised to sail under the grain deal between Ukraine and Russia, which was brokered by Turkey and the United Nations — ten outbound and two headed for Ukraine.

Some 322,000 tonnes of agricultural products have left Ukrainian ports, the bulk of it corn but also sunflower oil and soya.

The first ship to depart Ukraine, the Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni, which left on August 1, still hasn't reached its destination in Lebanon and was anchored off Turkey's southern coast on Sunday evening, according to the Marine Traffic website.

Meanwhile, two more ships, carrying corn and soybeans, departed Ukraine's Black Sea ports on Monday, the Turkish Defence Ministry said.

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