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Three more grain ships leave Ukrainian ports under UN agreement

Three more grain-laden ships have left Ukrainian port and are heading to Turkey for inspection, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday. I was. Grain trapped by Russian aggression.

Ukraine is one of the world's major breadbaskets, and trapped grain stocks were exacerbating food price spikes and raising fears of a global hunger crisis. .

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Ships The first shipment of grain since the start of the war then left Ukraine earlier this week. It crossed the Black Sea under a landmark wartime agreement, passed inspection in Istanbul on Wednesday and headed for Lebanon.

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A ship leaving Ukraine on Friday found more than a dozen of her ships stranded in port laden with grain. From among bulk carriers and cargo ships. There has been a port there since the Russian invasion in late February.

Currently, these latest shipments are shipping tens of thousands of tons of grain, only a fraction of her 20 million tons of grain, which Ukraine says are trapped in Ukrainian silos and ports. It's just a department. It should be shipped to make room for this year's harvest.

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About 600 grains trapped Millions of tons are wheat, which is for human consumption, said David Laborde, an agriculture and trade expert at the International Food Policy Institute in Washington, DC.

41} Grain prices peaked in the first few weeks after the Russian invasion, but some have since fallen to pre-war levels.


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Corn prices are about 70% above pre-pandemic levels at the end of February 2020, according to senior Jonathan Haynes. Gro Intelligence, an analyst and data and analytics firm.

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Wheat prices are now 63% above levels at the end of February this year when the invasion began.

Her three ships, which departed Ukrainian ports, her Polarnet, a Turkish-flagged vessel carrying 12,000 tons of corn, sailed from Chornomorsk port to Karas, Turkey. The Panamanian-flagged Navistar left the port of Odessa for Ireland with 33,000 tons of corn on board. Under the Maltese flag, Rozhen left Chornomorsk for Britain carrying more than 13,000 tons of maize, according to the United Nations.

The United Nations said the Joint Coordination Center overseeing the deal had authorized three of her ships as the operation expanded, and had also inspected ships bound for Ukraine.

The Barbados-flagged Fulmar S will be inspected in Istanbul before heading to the port of Chornomorsk, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian, Russian, Turkish and UN officials will set up a joint coordination center to oversee the agreement signed in Istanbul last month.

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The purpose of the deal is to create a safe Black Sea route for Ukraine to export much-needed agricultural products. That's it. Inspections of ships by inspectors seek to ensure that outgoing cargo ships carry only grain, fertilizer, or food and no other goods, and incoming ships carry no weapons.

The United Nations said the humanitarian corridor needs to be modified after the first shipments this week "to allow more efficient passage of ships while maintaining safety".

Aya Barawy contributed from Dubai.

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