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According to Turkish information, three more ships with grain deliveries will leave Ukraine on Friday. Thanks to the “intensive work” of the Grain Exports Coordination Center recently set up in Istanbul, the departure of three ships is planned for Friday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday evening, according to the Anadolu Agency. He did not comment on which ports these ships will set sail from.

On the basis of an agreement brokered by Turkey and the UN on grain exports by sea, a cargo ship with grain – the “Razoni” – left Ukrainian-controlled territory for the first time since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression. Since then, no other ship with grain has set sail from there.

The “Razoni” has 26,000 tons of corn on board and docked in Istanbul on its way to Lebanon. There the cargo – as provided for in the agreement – was jointly examined on Wednesday by inspectors from Turkey, the UN, Ukraine and Russia before the ship continued its voyage.

The agreements to resume Ukrainian grain deliveries by sea were signed in Istanbul two weeks ago. Secure Black Sea routes are envisaged for these shipments.

In addition, the coordination center was established on the basis of the agreement in Istanbul, in which representatives of Ukraine and Russia as well as Turkey and the UN are to jointly monitor the safe passage of Ukrainian cargo ships on the specified routes.

Up to 25 million tons of grain are blocked in Ukrainian ports as a result of the war, contributing to a global food crisis. Ukraine and Russia are among the world’s largest grain producers.