2 US volunteers believed to be fighting for Ukraine killed in Donbas, State Department says
It is believed that the US citizens were volunteer fighters, per ABC News. At least two other Americans have been killed while fighting against Russia.From the introduction of Russian currency to the complete shuttering of Ukrainian broadcasting, the Kremlin is taking extreme measures to make Ukrainian towns look, feel, and operate like Russia.
The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain set off from the port of Odesa on Monday under an internationally brokered deal that is expected to release large stores of Ukrainian crops to foreign markets and ease a growing hunger crisis. © (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office) A Turkish cargo ship loads grain in the Ukrainian port of Odesa region on Friday. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office)
The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni left Odesa for Lebanon, Turkey's defense ministry said. A statement from the United Nations said the Razoni was carrying more than 26,000 tons of corn.
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's port Monday morning alongside a tug boat.
Outraged by strike on Odesa, Ukraine still prepares to resume grain exports
Outraged by strike on Odesa, Ukraine still prepares to resume grain exportsKYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine was pressing ahead on Sunday with efforts to restart grain exports from Odesa and other Black Sea ports after a missile attack that cast doubt over whether Russia would honour a deal aimed at easing global food shortages caused by the war.
The ship is expected to reach Istanbul on Tuesday, where it will be inspected before being allowed to proceed, the ministry said.
The corn will head to Lebanon, a tiny Mideast nation in the grips of what the World Bank has described as one of the world’s worst financial crises in more than 150 years. A 2020 explosion at its main port in Beirut shattered its capital city and destroyed grain silos there, a part of which collapsed Sunday following a weeks-long fire.
As the Razoni moved toward the open water of the Black Sea, it changed its destination from Istanbul to Tripoli, Lebanon.
“Today Ukraine, together with partners, is taking another step towards preventing world hunger," said Alexander Kubrakov, the Ukrainian minister of infrastructure.
Russia says strike on Ukrainian port only hit military targets
Russia's attack on Odesa came less than a day after Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement on resuming grain shipments from there.“In the seaport in the city of Odesa, on the territory of a shipyard, sea-based high-precision long-range missiles destroyed a docked Ukrainian warship and a warehouse with Harpoon anti-ship missiles supplied by the U.S. to the Kyiv regime,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said at a daily briefing.
He said it would also help Ukraine.
"Unlocking ports will provide at least $1 billion in foreign exchange revenue to the economy and an opportunity for the agricultural sector to plan for next year,” Kubrakov said.
The Turkish ministry statement said other ships would also depart Ukraine’s ports through the safe corridors in line with deals signed in Istanbul on July 22, but did not provide further details.
Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements with Turkey and the U.N. clearing the way for Ukraine — one of the world’s key breadbaskets — to export 22 million tons of grain and other agricultural goods that have been stuck in Black Sea ports because of Russia’s invasion.
The deals also allow Russia to export grain and fertilizers.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.
First shipment of Ukraine's grain is a test of wartime deal with Russia .
The first cargo ship to leave Ukraine since Russia's invasion more than five months ago is set to arrive in Istanbul early Wednesday.The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni, which set sail from the Ukrainian port of Odesa on Monday, is expected to reach Istanbul early Wednesday after hitting bad weather that slowed its progress, according to Turkish Rear Adm. Ozcan Altunbulak, a coordinator at the joint center established to oversee the grain shipments.