Kiev is trying to open new sea lanes along the coasts of Ukraine’s allies to the Bosphorus, defying Russian threats to sink ships entering or leaving Ukrainian ports.
The first ship which conveys Ukrainian wheat and sailed from Ukrainian port after it was terminated Black Sea Agreementarrived today at Constantinopleaccording to the specialist website Marine Traffic which tracks the course of commercial vessels.
The Resilient Africa, a 76-meter-long, Palau-flagged bulk carrier carrying three thousand tons of wheat bound for Israel, docked in the Bosphorus a few minutes before 16:00 (local and Greek time). It had sailed on Tuesday from the port of Chornomorsk, as announced by the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov.
In mid-July, Moscow pulled out of the Black Sea agreement that allowed the safe export of agricultural products from Ukraine. Kiev is trying to open new sea lanes along the coasts of Ukraine’s allies to the Bosphorus, defying Russian threats to sink ships entering or leaving Ukrainian ports. Since the deal expired, Russia has been bombing Ukraine’s port infrastructure to block exports, which Kiev claims. Moscow insists it only hits military targets.
A second ship, the Aroyat, is in Chornomorsk port and today was in the process of loading wheat to be exported to Egypt.
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