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The first Ukrainian ship with grain from Istanbul left for Lebanon

A ship under the flag of Sierra Leone, loaded with more than 26,500 tons of corn, arrived on Tuesday evening in the Strait of Istanbul at the entrance to the Black Sea.

The first grain-laden ship to leave Ukraine since the start of the war with Russia left for Lebanon on Wednesday after an inspection by a team from the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) in Istanbul.

The controls lasted more than an hour

The Sierra Leone-flagged ship, loaded with more than 26,500 tonnes of maize, arrived in the Strait of Istanbul at the entrance to the Black Sea on Tuesday evening and anchored at its assigned location.

The controls lasted more than an hour and shortly after that the Turkish Ministry of National Defense announced on Twitter that the ship “Razoni” will soon pass through the strait and continue towards Lebanon.

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov also tweeted that the ship had been “successfully” inspected by the delegation, adding that it was “ready to continue its journey to the port of Tripoli in Lebanon.”

The ship left on Monday

The ship left Monday from the Ukrainian port of Odesa, as a result of the agreement on the renewal of deliveries of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports, which was signed by Ukraine and Russia on July 22 in Istanbul, with the mediation of Turkey and the United Nations.

According to the agreement, a Joint Coordination Center was established to carry out joint inspections at the entrances and exits of the ports, ensuring the safety of the routes.

Turkey, praised by the international community for its mediating role, coordinated with Moscow and Kiev the opening of a corridor from the Ukrainian port city of Odesa so that global grain deliveries, which had been halted since February 24 due to the Russian-Ukrainian war, would continue.​​​​​

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