The first ship with the grain, which was sent from the port of Odesa region within the "grain corridor", arrived at the port of destination in Turkey, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov said.
"The 1st ship - Polarnet - has arrived at the port of Turkey! The rest of the ships will arrive at the ports of destination in the next few days. This is a positive market signal for the world and a great example of how the Black Sea Grain Initiative works thanks to the support of the UN and Turkey," Kubrakov wrote on Twitter.
The Turkish-flagged ship Polarnet sailed to Karas in Turkey with 12,000 tons of corn on Aug. 5 as part of a three-ship caravan.
The first ship, which left the port of Odesa on August 1, was to have arrived in Lebanon earlier, but was delayed.
This happened after a court in Lebanon lifted the arrest of the Syrian ship Laodecia with Ukrainian grain and flour, which had been stolen by Russia.
On July 22, Ukraine, the UN, Turkey, and russia signed an agreement (Ukraine and russia separately) aimed at ensuring safe passage for ships entering and leaving three Ukrainian Black Sea ports (Odesa, Chornomorsk, Yuzhny), which were blocked by russia after the February 24 Moscow invasion.
Ukraine and Russia are major grain exporters, and the port blockade has delayed tens of millions of tons of grain in the country. The first ship carrying grain under the agreement left the port of Odesa on August 1. The first ship to load for the first time since February 24 entered the port in the Odesa region on August 6. The corridor started working in both directions.