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A foreign-flagged vessel arrived in Ukraine on Saturday for the first time since the war began in February and will be loaded with grain, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said.
Ukraine is beginning to resume grain exports in an effort overseen by a joint coordination center in Istanbul staffed by Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and UN personnel.
Kubrakov said the Barbados-flagged general cargo ship Fulmar S was in the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk.
“We are doing (everything) possible to ensure that our ports can receive and process more ships. In particular, we expect to reach the level of at least three to five ships per day in two weeks (timeframe), “he wrote on Facebook.
Ukraine eventually aims to ship 3 million tonnes a month from its Black Sea ports, he said.
About 20 million tonnes of grain from last year’s harvest are still stuck in the country. (Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Jonathan Oatis)