Despite doubts, a first shipment of Ukrainian grain has left the Black Sea port of Odesa days after Russia and Ukraine signed a UN backed-Turkish export deal.
The ship is destined for Lebanon but will be jointly inspected off the coast of Istanbul under the terms of a UN-brokered deal.
Meanwhile, Russian-annexed Crimea has reportedly harvested its largest crop of grains since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Vantage News gathered from the region’s agriculture ministry that more than two million tonnes of grains had been harvested before drying and cleaning, adding that farmers have already taken grain from 95 percent of the harvesting area.
In 1989 during Soviet times, Crimea harvested some 2.2 million tonnes of grain.
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