First ships loaded with Ukrainian exports have departed

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Three more ships loaded with grain have left Ukrainian ports today, only days after the first grain-laden vessel left the country since Russia’s invasion. The initial shipment under the deal brokered by the United Nations amid concerns of a global food shortage left Ukraine’s Port of Odesa on Monday on the Razoni.  The vessel was escorted by a tugboat to avoid Ukrainian mines and passed through a Russian-controlled Black Sea corridor and anchored in Turkish waters at the Bosporus for inspection.  On Wednesday the vessel was cleared to sail on to Tripoli, Lebanon. Ukraine hopes to export 20 million tonnes of grain in silos and 40 million from its new harvest and Ukraine’s Seaport Authority said on Monday there were 68 ships in Ukrainian ports with 1.2 million tonnes of cargo on board, two-thirds of it being food.

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