Ukraine: A successful Black Sea grain transport increases optimism that more will follow


Ukraine: A successful Black Sea grain transport

Source: AUN News

After the first grain-carrying ship safely departed from Odesa and was given the all-clear to pass across the Bosphorus after inspections, a top Turkish official suggested on Tuesday that three ships might leave Ukrainian ports each day rather than just one.

After a pact between Russia and Ukraine that intends to ease a global food crisis was mediated by Turkey and the United Nations, the first ship, Razoni, was able to set sail.

The crew of the merchant vessel Razoni and her 26,000-tonne cargo of Ukrainian maize completed three-hour checks by the UN-partnered Black Sea Grain Initiative, which the Secretary-General facilitated on 22 July.

After departing from Ukraine’s principal Black Sea port of Odesa on Monday, the Sierra Leone-flagged ship arrived in Istanbul’s seas on Tuesday evening.

“This morning, a joint civilian inspection team comprised of officials from the Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Nations visited the merchant vessel Razoni,” said the Black Sea Grain Initiative Joint Coordination Centre (JCC).

Food for the entire planet

“This concludes an initial ‘proof of concept’ operation,” added that three Ukrainian ports were set to resume exports of millions of tonnes of wheat, corn, and other products “during a global food shortage.”

In addition to sending millions of tonnes of food from Ukraine, the program envisions the export of fertilizer required by the world’s farmers, which would be “closely monitored,” according to a Joint Coordination Centre statement.

It stated that the inspectors spoke with the Razoni’s crew and obtained “valuable information” about the vessel’s journey along the Black Sea maritime humanitarian corridor agreed upon by the signatories to the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

“The JCC will use this voyage as part of its ongoing work on fine-tuning procedures and processes to enable the Initiative’s continued safe passage of commercial vessels across the Black Sea.”

Ukrainian nuclear nightmare: IAEA

In a similar incident, the IAEA chief warned that the Ukraine conflict was “threatening one of the greatest nuclear power programs in the world.”

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, said on Tuesday that violations were occurring to the IAEA’s seven essential pillars of nuclear safety and security while speaking at the UN’s Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York.

In the city of Enerhodar in the southeast, the situation at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant is very concerning. Since March, Russian personnel has reportedly exploited the factory as a military outpost.

Call for urgent access.

Inaction is unacceptable while this battle continues, according to Mr. Grossi. “We won’t be able to place the blame on a natural disaster if there is an accident at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant. The IAEA chief continued, “We will only have ourselves to answer to,” before requesting entry for an IAEA team of specialists and inspectors.

The exodus of 10 million

However, five months after the Russian invasion, the UN organization for refugees,

According to a report released by UNHCR on Tuesday, more than 10 million Ukrainians have fled their country to seek refuge in other nations.

According to the most recent information from the UN agency’s displacement portal, there have been more than 4.2 million trips back into Ukraine since the end of February, with 10,350,489 border crossings from Ukraine since February 24.

In light of the continued violence, UNHCR stated that numerous additional residents of Ukraine had been forced to escape their homes and continue to require protection and assistance.

Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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