The first shipment of Ukrainian grain inspected near Istanbul | War in Ukraine

First shipment of Ukrainian grain inspected near Istanbul | War in Ukraine

An inspection team boards the freighter Razoni off the northwest coast of Istanbul on August 3, 2022.

Turkish, Russian and Ukrainian experts inspected Wednesday near Istanbul the ship carrying the first grain shipment exported by Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, in application of the agreement signed in July in Turkey to stem the global food crisis.

The Razoni's inspection lasted just under an hour and a half, AFP found. The cargo ship will now cross the Bosphorus on its way to Lebanon, the Turkish Defense Ministry told reporters.

The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship had presented Tuesday in sight of the northern shores of Istanbul, on the Black Sea, after leaving the Ukrainian port of Odessa the day before with 26,000 tons of corn bound for Tripoli, Lebanon.

< p class="e-p">Around 20 United Nations experts and delegates arrived on the ship aboard two shuttles.

The inspection took place in accordance with the wishes of Russia, which wants to be sure of the nature of the cargo.

A team of inspectors is approaching of the freighter Razoni, loaded with the first cereals from Ukraine exported since the Russian invasion.

In his daily address on Tuesday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky castigated the Russian terrorist state that caused the food crisis in order to use grain, corn and oil as weapons.

According to kyiv, another 16 boats loaded with grain are waiting to leave Odessa, the main Ukrainian port on the Black Sea, which before the war represented 60% of the port activity of the country.

The agreement signed on July 22 provides in particular for the establishment of secure corridors to allow the circulation in the Black Sea of ​​merchant ships and the export of 20 to 25 million tonnes of cereals.

A similar agreement signed simultaneously guarantees Russia the export of its agricultural products and fertilizers, despite Western sanctions.

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On the ground, the Russian army said in a statement that it had destroyed a depot of foreign weapons in the Lviv region of western Ukraine with high-precision missiles .

In June, Moscow had already claimed to have destroyed a depot of weapons delivered by NATO in western Ukraine, relatively spared from the bombardments.

In addition, Kharkiv, the second Ukrainian city in the East, was the target of two strikes overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday from Russian territory, regional authorities announced.

According to initial information, these are S-300 missiles fired from the Russian border region of Belgorod, one of which hit the ground and the other a civilian installation without causing any casualties, the governor said Oleg Sinegoubov on Telegram.

The southern city of Mykolaiv was shelled again overnight, regional governor Vitali Kim announced on Telegram. A supermarket and a pharmacy were destroyed and an equestrian school was hit, he said.

According to Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych, powerful explosions were heard on Wednesday around 5 a.m.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the Donetsk region in the epicenter of the fighting, reported four civilians killed in the past 24 hours.< /p>

The Ukrainian Air Force claimed on Tuesday that Russian forces fired eight cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea into the territory of Ukraine, one of which hit an air defense complex in the Lviv region in the west. The other seven missiles were intercepted, according to this source.

In Kherson, the first major city to fall into the hands of the Russian army, Ukraine, which is currently carrying out a counter-offensive in the south, announced on Tuesday that it had taken over 53 localities there.

Artillery is decisive in the conflict in Ukraine. Particularly greedy in projectiles of all kinds, the Ukrainian and Russian armies are waging a war of attrition in terms of ammunition.

The United States, the main supporters of the ;Ukraine, announced on Monday the shipment of new weapons to kyiv worth 550 million dollars, thus bringing their military assistance to more than 8 billion.

Furthermore , German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday accused Russia of being responsible for blocking the delivery of a turbine currently in Germany, without which the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which supplies gas to Europe cannot function normally, says Moscow.

Westerns accuse the Kremlin of using the energy weapon in retaliation for the sanctions adopted following the offensive against Ukraine.

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