Shipment courier

First shipment of Ukrainian grain sets sail for Africa

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A UN-chartered grain shipment has left Ukraine for Africa following a deal to ease a global food crisis.

The MV Brave Commander left the Black Sea port of Pivdennyi on Tuesday and will travel to Djibouti “for delivery to Ethiopia”, Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry said on Tuesday.

The ship is carrying 23,000 tons of wheat.

It is the first ship chartered by the United Nations World Food Program to leave Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in February. The Kyiv government said it hoped two or three similar expeditions would follow soon.

Black Sea blockade lifted

As two of the world’s largest grain exporters, Ukraine and Russia reached a UN-brokered deal with Turkey last month to unblock grain shipments from the Black Sea after the Russian invasion.

The deal lifted the Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports and established safe corridors through naval mines laid by Kyiv.

The Port Authority of Ukraine said five ships with a total cargo volume of 110,000 tons left Ukraine on Tuesday.

The first commercial ship carrying grain left on August 1. Since then, 21 ships have reportedly left Ukrainian ports.

According to the WFP, a record 345 million people in 82 countries are facing acute food insecurity and up to 50 million people in 45 countries are on the brink of starvation and at risk of tipping over without humanitarian assistance.