Ship Carrying Wheat Leaves Odesa for Ethiopia

The Brave Commander cargo ship carrying 23,000 metric tons of wheat destined for Ethiopia left the Ukrainian port city of Odesa, August 16, 2022.
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READ MORE: The Lebanese-flagged bulk carrier chartered by the World Food Program of the United Nations sailed out of Pivdennyi port carrying the first humanitarian cargo since the Black Sea blockade was lifted.

So far, several ships carrying grain have left Ukrainian ports under the new deal, but most of those shipments carried animal feed and went to Turkey or Western Europe under previous contracts.

Russian and Ukrainian wheat, barley, corn and sunflower oil are important to countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, where millions rely on subsidized bread for survival.

As the war spiked, food and energy prices, millions of people have been pushed into poverty or closer to the brink of starvation.

Two deals that the U.N. and Turkey brokered last month to unblock food supplies depend on each other: one protects ships exporting Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea and the other assures Russia that its food and fertilizer won't face sanctions, safeguarding one of the pillars of its economy and helping ease concerns from insurers and banks. (AP)

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