Three more ships with grain have departed Ukrainian ports and are headed to Turkey for inspection, Turkey’s defence ministry said on Friday.
The three ships are loaded with a total of 58,000 tons of corn.
The departure of the ships comes after the first grain ship since the start of the war left Ukraine earlier this week. It crossed the Black Sea under a wartime deal and passed inspection Wednesday in Istanbul and then headed on to Lebanon.
Ukraine is one of the world’s main breadbaskets and the stocks of grain trapped were exacerbating a sharp rise in food prices and raising fears of a global hunger crisis.
The ships that departed Friday from Ukraine are from among over a dozen bulk carriers and cargo ships that had been loaded with grain and stuck at the ports there since the start of the invasion in late February.
While tens of thousands of tons of grains are now making their way out with these latest shipments, it’s still a fraction of the 20 million tons of grains that Ukraine says are trapped in the country’s silos and ports, and which must be shipped out in order to make space for the new harvest.
It will be recalled a ship carrying Ukrainian grains departed from the port of Odesa on Monday.
It was the first grain-carrying ship to leave Ukraine since February.
The development was achieved after weeks of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni finally set sail carrying 26,000 tons of Ukrainian corn according to a statement from Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry. The ministry added that 16 additional ships are waiting their turn to leave the port.