Ukraine has so far been able to export over 500,000 tons of grain through the Black Sea.
This is the tally provided Tuesday by the United Nations (UN) following the agreement signed last July 22 by Ukraine and Russia to allow the safe passage of cargo ships. After the signing, the first ship loaded with grain had sailed from the Ukrainian port of Odessa on Saturday, July 30. So far 36 ships have been allowed to pass along the corridor established by the understanding, the UN reported. Of these, 21 have left Ukraine in the direction of the Bosporus, while another 15 have crossed the strait into Ukraine. Twenty-seven ships were searched in Turkey, as per the agreement. It is estimated that more than 20 million tons of grain is currently stored in Ukraine. At least a quarter of the cargoes are for now destined for Turkey, 22 percent for Iran and South Korea, 8 percent for China, and 6 percent for Ireland. Today, Tuesday, a first freighter on behalf of the United Nations departed for Djibouti, East Africa. The 26,000-ton cargo of grain carried by the first ship was initially destined for Lebanon, which had then rejected it. Subsequently, the grains in question had then been sold to Turkey.