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Ukraine, Russia |  The disappearance of the first grain ship from Ukraine without a trace

Ukraine, Russia | The disappearance of the first grain ship from Ukraine without a trace

The ship that left Ukraine with its first grain shipment since exports resumed has stopped disclosing where it is and where the shipment is headed.

Razzoni left Odessa with 26,000 tons of corn on August 1. The shipment was originally destined for Lebanon, but the buyer withdrew, and along the way the shipment was bought and sold several times.

For the past three days, there have been no signals from the transmitter identifying the ship and indicating its position. The last known site was near Cyprus.

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Syria?

Two sources provide information Reuters The ship is on its way to the Syrian port of Tartus. This may be the explanation for turning off the transmitter. Syria is a close ally of Russia, and Ukraine has accused the Syrians of buying grain stolen from Ukraine during the war. Syria is also subject to a number of Western sanctions in the wake of the 11-year civil war.

The Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon says it does not know the location of the ship or the shipment. They noted that Ukraine is not responsible for the ship, but the task of the Ukrainian authorities is to ensure that the country’s ports are reopened so that grain can be exported.

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The first to arrive in Africa

A cargo ship laden with grain from Ukraine is now on its way to Africa, where millions are threatened by starvation.

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The United Nations leases the freighter Brave Commander with 23 thousand tons of Ukrainian wheat on board.

The ship left the Black Sea port city of Bivdini on Tuesday and is now heading to Djibouti.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, the wheat cargo will be transferred from there to Ethiopia.

The Brave Commander is the first ship to set its course for Africa.

risk of starvation

17 cargo ships totaling 475,000 tons of grain Sent from Ukrainian coastal cities since the United Nations reached agreements with Ukraine and Russia at the end of July.

Ukraine and Russia are among the world’s largest grain exporters. The halt in exports as a result of the Russian invasion created fears of severe food shortages and famine in a number of countries. It is estimated that 20 million tons of grain are stuck in Ukraine as a result of the six-month war.

(© NTB)