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Ukrainian ship carrying grain sails from Odessa, testing Russian threat

By David L. Stern

16 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

informed Summary

  1. Ukraine has sent its first ship carrying agricultural cargo from the southern port of Odessa, despite Russia’s threats to forcibly stop vessels in the Black Sea. The ship is carrying more than 30,000 tons of cargo, including food products.

KYIV - Officials here said a first ship carrying Ukrainian agricultural cargo set sail Wednesday from the southern port of Odessa - despite threats by Russia to forcibly stop vessels in the Black Sea after Moscow unilaterally terminated a U.N.-sponsored agreement allowing safe passage of Ukrainian grain shipments.

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said the container ship Joseph Schulte, flying a Hong Kong flag, left the port "and is proceeding through a temporary corridor established for civilian vessels" on its way to the Bosporus.

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