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- Turkey says the first shipment of Ukrainian grain has left the Black Sea port of Odesa.
- Russian officials say Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol, south of Crimea, was targeted in a drone attack.
- 20 minutes ago (08:02 GMT)First Ukraine grain ship to anchor off Istanbul on TuesdayTurkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar says the first ship carrying grain to leave Ukraine under a safe passage agreement will anchor off the coast of Istanbul around 12:00GMT on Tuesday for a joint inspection.As part of the grain deal, a Joint Coordination Centre was set up in Istanbul with personnel from the United Nations, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey.
- an hour ago (07:15 GMT)‘It’s been a long time coming’: Grain ship leaves Odesa portAl Jazeera’s John Hendren, reporting from Odesa, says several hurdles had to be overcome for this first shipment to depart the port.“It’s been a long time coming but it is now out coursing through wartime waters waiting to feed the world. The boat [ship] is called Razoni. It was made in 1996 in China and is flagged in Sierra Leone. It is full of grain. We are told corn,” Hendren said.“There’s been logistical hurdles to overcome. Part of that is because these waters are mined. It’s been very difficult. Yesterday, we heard what sounded like a strike. Usually, those strikes are of course from Russia. That would be the third time Russia has struck Odesa region since this agreement was reached through Turkey and the United Nations to carry these boats out into these waters during wartime,” he added.
- A statement from the United Nations said the Razoni is carrying more than 26,000 tonnes of maize [Anadolu Agency]
- 2h ago (06:48 GMT)First ship carrying Ukrainian grain leaves Odesa portTurkey’s defence ministry says the first ship carrying Ukrainian grain has set off from the port of Odesa.The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship, Razoni, left for Lebanon, the ministry said. A statement from the United Nations said the Razoni is carrying more than 26,000 tonnes of maize.Data from the Razoni’s Automatic Identification System, a safety tracker for ships at sea, showed the vessel slowly coming out from its berth at Odesa port on Monday morning alongside a tug boat.
- The ship is expected to reach Istanbul on Tuesday, where it will be inspected before being allowed to proceed, Turkey’s defence ministry said [Screengrab/Al Jazeera]