Ukraine’s ports are gradually opening as three more ships loaded with food are due to leave
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Three more ships will leave Black Sea ports loaded with food Friday morning under a grain deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, officials announced.
Two of the ships will depart from the port of Chernomorsk and another will depart from a port in Odesa with a combined total of more than 58,000 tons of corn.
“We expect professionalism from everyone involved,” Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Alexander Kubrakov wrote on Facebook.
Under the agreement officials reached on July 22, ships can leave the ports of Odesa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny with grain, corn and related food.
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The deal appeared to be in jeopardy on July 23 when Russia launched a series of missile attacks off the coast of Ukraine, but the first ship with 26,000 tonnes of corn left this week.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February has depressed food prices worldwide, as both countries are key players in the global commodity market.
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The UN FAO food price index, which reflects international prices of a basket of food commodities, rose 23% in June compared to the same time last year.