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An employee unloads wheat grains inside a storage in the village of Tomylivka, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv region, Ukraine August 1, 2022. — Reuters pic

Thursday, 04 Aug 2022 6:45 PM MYT

KYIV, Aug 4 — A Turkish bulk carrier is expected to arrive in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Chornomorsk on Friday and will be the first vessel to arrive at a Ukrainian port during Russia’s invasion, a spokesperson for the regional administration of Odesa said.

“The Turkish bulk carrier OSPREYS, flying the flag of Liberia, is heading from the Dardanelles Strait to the port of Chornomorsk,” Serhiy Bratchuk, the spokesperson, wrote on Telegram late yesterday.

“This will be the first vessel that has not been blocked in our ports since February 24, heading to (collect) Ukrainian export grain,” he said.

The statement comes after Turkey and the United Nations brokered a deal between Russia and Ukraine that aims to ease a global food crisis.

A first vessel carrying Ukrainian grain set sail from the port city of Odesa on Monday. — Reuters