Three more ships loaded with grain are expected to leave Ukrainian ports on Friday morning, according to Ukrainian and Turkish officials.
Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said on Facebook that two of the ships were to depart from the southern port of Chornomorsk, with another departing from nearby Odessa.
“After that, a caravan will be formed, which together with the lead ship will go to the ports of destination,” he said. The three vessels will together transport more than 50,000 tonnes of Ukrainian corn, he added.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar confirmed that the three ships would sail under the auspices of the agreement signed by Turkey, the UN, Russia and Ukraine on July 22.
“Thanks to the hard work and coordination at the [Joint Coordination] center, three ships are expected to depart from Ukrainian ports,” Akar said.