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Ukrainian ports gradually opening up as three more ships loaded with food set to depart

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Three more ships will leave the Black Sea port loaded with food on Friday morning under a grain deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, officials said.

Two of them will leave the port of Chernomorsk, and the other will leave the port of Odessa, carrying a total of more than 58,000 tons of corn.

Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure Aleksandr Kubrakov wrote on Facebook that he “expects the professionalism of all involved”.

A security guard stands next to the Navistar, which is loaded with grain.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Under the agreement the authorities agreed on July 22nd, ships are allowed to carry grain, corn and related food from the ports of Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny.

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The deal appeared to be in jeopardy on July 23 when Russia launched a series of missile attacks on the Ukrainian coastline, but the first ship carrying 26,000 tons of corn left this week.

A security guard stands in front of a grain storage terminal in Odessa, Ukraine.

A security guard stands in front of a grain storage terminal in Odessa, Ukraine.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine put pressure on food prices around the world as both countries are important players in global commodity markets.

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The UN’s FAO Food Price Index, which reflects international prices for food baskets, rose 23% in June compared to the same period last year.

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