More grain ships leave Ukraine ports despite Russian suspension

More grain ships leave Ukraine ports despite Russian suspension
# 01 November 2022 17:47 (UTC +04:00)

Three outbound vessels had left Ukrainian ports by midday on Tuesday under the Black Sea grain export deal, the United Nations-led coordination centre said, the second day of sailings after Russia suspended participation in the initiative, APA reports citing Reuters.

The statement said the ships' movement was agreed by the Ukrainian, Turkish and U.N. delegations at the Istanbul-based Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) and the Russian delegation had been informed.

Amir Abdulla, the U.N. Coordinator for the Black Sea Grain Initiative, "continues his discussions with all three member state parties in an effort to resume full participation at the JCC," the statement said.

The export deal was agreed by Russia and Ukraine and brokered by Turkey and the United Nations in July to ease a world hunger crisis caused in part by Moscow's invasion of Ukraine and earlier blockade of its ports.

Twelve ships set sail from Ukrainian ports on Monday, the single biggest day of exports since the programme began, while two arrived.

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