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Ukraine 'optimistic' after arrival of first grain shipment

The first cargo ship to arrive at its final destination after leaving Ukraine under a deal between Moscow and Kyiv docked in Turkey on Monday, it said. Kyiv said. Delay reported.

Ukraine, one of the world's largest grain exporters, was forced to halt nearly all shipments after Russia's invasion, but exports to the Black Sea were recently brokered by the United Nations and Turkey. resumed under traded conditions.

Arriving at its final destination, the Turkish cargo ship Polarnet left the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk last week with 12,000 tons of corn on board.

It arrived in Turkey on schedule after inspection by the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) set up in Istanbul under an international agreement signed last month, Kyiv said.

"The first successful completion of the 'grain trade' implementation means we can be optimistic about the future of transport," said Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister of Infrastructure. quoted as saying in a statement.

The ship's destination was not specified in the statement, but the website indicated its location as the Turkish port of Delins.

A deal brokered by Turkey and the United Nations lifted the Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports, setting the conditions for millions of tons of wheat and other grains to begin flowing from silos and ports.

Razoni was the first ship to leave Ukraine under this agreement.

With 26,000 tons of corn on board, she left the port of Odessa on August 1 and was due to arrive in Tripoli, Lebanon this weekend, but has yet to reach her destination. Hmm.

The Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon explained on social media that the shipment was delayed because the original buyer refused to deliver, citing that she was five months late.

"So the sender is looking for another recipient, which could be in Lebanon or another country," he added in a Twitter statement.

Eight ships have left Ukrainian ports since the deal was signed, Kyiv said on Monday, allowing three to five ships to depart daily within two weeks.