Kubrakov: The first shipments of wheat from Ukraine could be made this week

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said he hoped the first shipments of grain under the deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey would leave Chornomorsk port this week.

Speaking at a press conference on July 25, Kubrakov said there was no limit set in the agreement as to the amount of grain that could be transported from Ukraine.

“We expect the agreement to start working in the coming days… We are preparing for everything to start this week,” said Kubrakov, who led Ukraine’s delegation to talks on reaching the agreement in Istanbul last week.

The price of wheat increases after the rocket attacks in Odesa. Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Yuriy Vasyukov added at the same conference that after Chornomorsk, shipments will follow from Odesa and Pivdeny. The timeline for all three ports to be operational is within two weeks, he added. Under the wheat deal, Ukrainian wheat exports from three Black Sea ports would return to pre-war levels of around 5 million tonnes per month. Russian missile attacks on Odesa on July 24 have raised questions about Russia’s commitment to the agreement, but Kubrakov said that technical preparations for the launch of agricultural product exports from the ports continue./Postlajme.net/

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