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Three more ships will leave Black Sea ports laden with food on Friday morning as part of a grain deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, officials said.
Two of the ships will leave the port of Chernomorsk and another will leave the port of Odessa carrying a combined total of more than 58,000 tons of corn.
“We hope for the professionalism of everyone involved,” Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Alexander Kubrakov wrote on Facebook.
Under the agreement as officials reached on July 22, ships are allowed to leave the ports of Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny with grain, corn and related food.
The deal appeared in jeopardy on July 23 when Russia launched a series of missile strikes on the Ukrainian coastbut the first ship with 26,000 tonnes of maize left this week.
The February Russian Invasion of Ukraine has driven down food prices around the world, as both countries are key players in the global commodity market.
The UN FAO Food Price Index, which reflects the international prices of a basket of foodstuffs, rose 23% in June compared to the same period last year.