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First Ship Carrying Ukrainian Grain Departs From Odesa Following Monthslong Blockade By Russian Forces… Sparks Hope Amidst Global Food Crisis

by Amber Crawford

The first shipment of Ukrainian grain set out from the port of Odesa on Monday morning under a landmark deal with Russia, which has been blockading Ukrainian ports since February. The vessel, carrying 26,000 tons of corn, is headed through heavily mined waters to reach the port of Tripoli in Lebanon.

Ukraine, the world’s fourth-largest grain exporter, has reportedly stored 30 million tons of grain that, until now, they have been unable to export due to the fierce war with Russia. This first shipment has sparked a glimmer of hope amidst a growing global food crisis, partially fueled by the Russian blockade.

Under the new deal, Russia has agreed not to target ports while shipments are in transit…

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