The ships will go in a caravan from the ports of Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny, the administration of the Ukrainian seaports reported. On July 22, Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul signed agreements with Turkey and the UN on the export of Ukrainian grain
In Ukraine, they began preparing the ports of Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny for the export of grain, according to the website of the administration of the country's seaports.
“In connection with the signing on July 22, 2022 of the grain export initiative <…> by sea, the ports of Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny are being prepared accordingly for the resumption of work,— the message says.
It was noted that the ships will go in a caravan.
On July 22, Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul signed agreements with Turkey and the UN on the export of grain from the Black Sea ports. The grain will be exported through the ports of Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny controlled by Kyiv along the corridor
through mined waters. The ships will be accompanied by Ukrainian pilots.
The parties will create a coordination center, whose representatives will inspect the ships in order to prevent the transport of weapons on them. Russia insisted on this.
The Russian side undertook not to strike ships and ports during the escort.
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The day before, there were reports of missile attacks on the port of Odessa. In particular, this was reported by the military correspondent of “Segodnya.ru” Yuri Kotenok, who clarified that there were at least five explosions. Reuters and AFP also wrote about the hit on the port territory. Ukraine and the United States condemned the shelling.
On the same day, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that Russia had denied the involvement of its military in the strikes. However, the next day, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, confirmed the hit of Russian Kalibr missiles. on the military infrastructure of the port. Later, the Russian Ministry of Defense clarified that the military, as a result of strikes on a shipyard, destroyed a Ukrainian ship standing in the dock, as well as a warehouse of American Harpoon missiles.