The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni, carrying Ukrainian grain, sails in the Bosphorus en route to Lebanon, in Istanbul, Turkey August 3, 2022. REUTERS/Yoruk Isik

The arrival of the first ship carrying grain exports from Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression is expected in the Lebanese port of Tripoli on Sunday. A spokeswoman for the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon told the AFP news agency that the freighter “Razoni” should dock at 10:00 a.m. local time (09:00 a.m. CEST).

The “Razoni” left the port of Odessa in Ukraine on Monday for Lebanon with 26,000 tons of corn on board. Turkish and Russian experts inspected the ship off the coast of Istanbul on Wednesday.

According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, three more ships carrying grain from Ukraine started on Friday morning. The freighters loaded with corn would call at Ireland, Great Britain and Turkey, the ministry said.

At the same time, a freighter is on its way to the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk to load grain.

Because of the Russian war of aggression, all grain exports from Ukraine from its Black Sea ports have been blocked in recent months, contributing to a global food crisis.