The first foreign-flagged ship reaches Ukraine since the beginning of the war

A foreign-flagged ship arrived in Ukraine on Saturday for the first time since the war began in February and will be loaded with grain, Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said.

Ukraine is beginning to resume grain exports in an effort overseen by a joint coordination center in Istanbul, home to Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and UN personnel.

The United Nations and Turkey brokered an agreement after the United Nations warned of possible famines due to a halt to grain shipments from Ukraine. Before the invasion, Russia and Ukraine together accounted for nearly a third of world wheat exports.

Kubrakov said the Barbados-flagged Fulmar S general cargo carrier is in the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk.

“We are doing (everything) possible to ensure that our ports can receive and handle more ships. In particular, we plan to reach the level of at least three to five ships per day in two weeks,” he wrote on Facebook.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the resumption of exports was positive, adding that security risks remained.

“The threat of Russian provocations and terrorist attacks remains. Everyone should be aware of that,” he said in a late-night video address on Saturday.

“But if our partners fulfill their part of the commitment and guarantee security of supply, the global food crisis will really be solved.”

Ukraine is eventually aiming to ship 3 million tons a month from its Black Sea ports, Kubrakov said.

“This event is an important market signal that the (grain transport business) is a safe and most importantly profitable business opportunity for shipowners to return to Ukrainian ports,” he added.

Around 20 million tons of grain from last year’s harvest are still stuck in the country. The first foreign-flagged ship reaches Ukraine since the beginning of the war


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