First grain ship set to depart from Ukraine following MOU

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The first shipment of grain from the Odesa region following the agreement by Russia and Ukraine mediated by Turkey, is set to depart from the Odesa region.  Officials from the UN, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia have established a Joint Coordination Centre and are finalizing details on how to safely transport ships through the Black Sea as Russian forces continue to pummel Ukraine’s coastline.  Russian forces launched a series of missile strikes on Ukrainian port cities after agreeing to a limited cease-fire. Both Ukraine and Russia have agreed not to attack any vessels involved in the initiative for 120 days.

Meanwhile, in the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli, authorities are investigating a Ukrainian claim that a Syrian-flagged ship, Laodicea, under US sanctions at the port is carrying Ukrainian grain stolen by Russia.  Nearly 10 tons of wheat and barley are on board.

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