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First Grain Ship Leaves Ukraine Since Start Of War

A ship loaded with grain has left the Ukrainian port of Odesa under a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey, the first departure since Russia’s invasion blocked shipping through the Black Sea in February.

Grain shipment, photo by IvanStudenov
Grain shipment, photo by: IvanStudenov
Ukraine grain shipments, main ports and percentage of grains being shipped

Ukraine's foreign minister called it “a day of relief for the world,” especially for countries threatened by food shortages and hunger because of the disrupted shipments, according to Reuters.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has led to a worldwide food and energy crisis, and the United Nations has warned of the risk of multiple famines this year. Russia and Ukraine account for nearly a third of global wheat exports. But Western sanctions on Russia and fighting along Ukraine's eastern seaboard have prevented grain ships from safely leaving ports, Reuters said.