Cargo ships arrive in Ukrainian port following Russia’s exit from grain deal

On 16th September, two cargo ships arrived at a Ukrainian port after travelling through the Black Sea using a new route, a temporary Black Sea corridor established by Kyiv.

According to Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, the ships in question are the 18,300-dwt Aroyat (built 1997) and the 3,300-dwt Resilient Africa (built 2001).

As informed, they reached Chornomorsk and were due to load 20,000 tonnes of wheat bound for world markets.

According to Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov, the cargo ships sailed flying the flag of the Oceanic island nation of Palau and that their crew consisted of people from Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Egypt.

As explained, Ukraine for months, was able to export its grain from Black Sea ports, safely. However, Russia withdrew from the deal on 17th July, arguing their demands for the facilitation of Russian food and fertilizer shipments had not been met.

After the withdrew, the Russian defence ministry declared that any ships in the Black Sea bound for Ukrainian ports would be considered military targets.

Since then, Kyiv has worked to redirect traffic across the Danube River and onto European roads and rail networks.

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