First grain ships arrive in Ukraine using new route

First grain ships arrive in Ukraine using new route

Sep 17, 2023 by BBC News - World

Key Facts

  • Image source, AFP Image caption, The Aroyat cargo ship is among the first to reach a Ukrainian Port using a new Black Sea corridor Two cargo ships have arrived at a Ukrainian port after travelling through the Black Sea using a new route, Ukrainian port authorities said.
  • Officials said it was the first time civilian ships had reached a Ukrainian port since the collapse of a deal with Russia ensuring the safety of vessels.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said the ships - Resilient Africa and Aroyat - sailed flying the flag of the Oceanic island nation of Palau and that their crew consisted of people from Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Egypt.
  • Kyiv unilaterally declared the maritime corridor - which hugs the western coast of the Black Sea - after Russia abandoned a UN-backed deal that facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports.

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