Vessel with Ukrainian corn anchored off Turkey for inspection

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The freighter Razoni arrives at the entrance to the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. The first freighter to leave Ukraine since Russia’s invasion more than five months ago was off the shores of Bulgaria on Tuesday as it headed for Istanbul and its final destination, Lebanon, testing an agreement signed last month by Moscow and Kyiv to unlock Ukraine’s agricultural exports and ease the food crisis world. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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The first cargo ship to leave Ukraine since the Russian invasion was anchored in a Black Sea inspection zone off Istanbul on Wednesday morning, awaiting inspection.

Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and UN officials will check whether the grain shipment complies with a crucial agreement signed last month by Moscow and Kyiv to unlock Ukraine’s agricultural exports and ease the global food crisis.

The Razoni, flying the flag of Sierra Leone, loaded with 26,000 tonnes of maize, left Odessa on Monday. His final destination is Lebanon.

The ship was anchored off Istanbul, near the mouth of the Bosphorus Strait which connects the Black Sea to the Sea of ​​Marmara and the Aegean Sea.

Other Ukrainian ships are expected to land in the coming days. Some 27 ships were waiting in three Ukrainian ports with cargo and signed contracts ready to depart, according to UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

Sharon P. Juarez