ISTANBUL (AP) — Three more grain ships have left Ukrainian ports and are headed to Turkey for inspection, Turkey’s defense ministry said Friday.
The three ships are loaded with a total of 58,000 tons of corn.
The departure of the ships comes after the first grain ship since the start of the war left Ukraine earlier this week. It crossed the Black Sea under a wartime agreement and was inspected Wednesday in Istanbul before heading to Lebanon.
Ukraine is one of the world’s main breadbaskets, and trapped grain stocks have exacerbated soaring food prices and raised fears of a global hunger crisis.
The ships that departed Friday from Ukraine are among more than a dozen bulk carriers and cargo ships loaded with grain that have been stuck in ports there since the invasion began in late February.
While tens of thousands of tons of grain are now coming out with these latest shipments, it is still a fraction of the 20 million tons of grain that Ukraine says are trapped in the country’s silos and ports and need to be shipped out in turn. to make room for the new crop.