The first cargo ship loaded with wheat has left the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk since the start of Russia’s war against Ukraine. As Kyiv accused Russian forces of re-bombing the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN, He told the Security Council of a “critical situation” at the station, which has seen Moscow and Kiev exchange accusations of new attacks. That the agency should allow access to it.
In detail, the Turkish Ministry of Defense said on Twitter yesterday: The Belize-flagged vessel Surmovski departed from the port of Kornomorsk, Ukraine, with 3050 tons of wheat en route to Tekirdag in northwestern Turkey.
That’s wheat exports from Ukraine, which together with Russia accounted for nearly a third of global wheat exports before February 24, when Moscow launched what it calls a “special military operation” to disarm its neighbor.
The ministry added that two more ships departed yesterday from Ukraine’s ports on the Black Sea, one of which was loaded onto the first Ukrainian ship to be exported under a United Nations brokered agreement.
Meanwhile, the Star Laura will leave the Ukrainian port of Pivtny. The ship will carry more than 60,000 tons of corn to Iran, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.
In the same context, the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure confirmed the departure and announced the arrival of two more ships for loading.
Since August 1, 14 vessels carrying more than 430,000 tons of cargo have left Ukrainian ports from the Black Sea under international brokered grain export agreements.
The deal, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, was reached last month amid fears that the loss of Ukraine’s grain supplies could lead to severe food shortages and starvation in parts of the world.
The Joint Coordination Center, staffed by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations, inspects all ships in Istanbul under a UN-brokered agreement.
The Razoni, the first ship to leave Ukraine under the deal, docked in Turkey on Thursday and was scheduled to head to Egypt, Refinitiv ship tracking data showed, after the ship’s original buyer in Lebanon refused to deliver it. Five months late.
The Rahmi yacht, which left Ukraine for Istanbul on Tuesday, is docked at the northern end of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, while the Mustafa Negati, which left for Italy on Sunday, is docked at the southern end.
The four ships were approved to travel to Ukraine only after being inspected by a team from the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul.
Meanwhile, Ukraine has again accused Russian forces of bombing the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in the country’s south and is refusing entry to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s inspection team.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the international community to “act immediately” to remove the Russians from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which was targeted by the blasts.
For his part, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Serhiy Giseltya told a meeting of the UN Security Council that unreasonable Russian conditions and bombing prevented the arrival of IAEA experts.
For his part, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, UN. Zaporizhia told the Security Council that the “situation of the nuclear power plant is very important” and that the agency should be allowed to access it.
“The situation is critical and the International Atomic Energy Agency must be allowed to send a mission to Zaporizhia as soon as possible,” Rafael Croci said during his video address to an emergency meeting of the Security Council.
While the agency has been trying for weeks to send a mission to inspect the station, Grassi insisted that “time is running out.”
Asked about the United Nations’ accusations of delays in sending an International Atomic Energy Agency mission to the site, Antonio Guterres, a spokesman for the United Nations secretary-general, again dismissed the idea.
“It’s about a nuclear power plant in the middle of a war zone,” Stephane Dujarric said, “and there are a lot of obstacles.”
In Moscow, prominent Russian politicians rejected a demand by the Group of Seven major industrialized nations that Moscow hand over control of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant to Ukraine.
“No, not again,” Konstantin Kosachev, deputy speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, responded to a question, according to Russian news agency Interfax. He also said that to ensure the safety of the nuclear power plant, full control of the nuclear power plant is necessary.
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