Ukrainian grain hits global markets — RT Business News


Three grain-laden ships left Ukrainian Black Sea ports on Friday as part of a deal brokered with Russia last month, Reuters reported, citing Turkey’s Defense Ministry and witnesses.

Two grain ships set out from Chernomorsk and one from Odessa, carrying a total of around 58,000 tonnes of maize to Ireland, Britain and Turkey, Reuters reported.

This follows Monday’s departure of the first ship from Odessa, carrying more than 26,000 tonnes of maize to Lebanon. Maize is Ukraine’s main grain export, accounting for more than 15% of world supply.

Ukraine’s grain exports were suspended after Russia launched its military operation in the country in February, sparking growing concerns over global food supplies.

kyiv accused Russia of banning civilian ships from leaving, while Moscow blamed Ukraine, saying it had placed sea mines near its ports which were hampering shipments. Turkey and the UN helped Moscow and kyiv broker a deal last month to allow maritime traffic to resume.

According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, grain exports from Ukraine under the agreement are proceeding smoothly.

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