Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said the movement of ships from the Black Sea ports is due to start by the end of the current week. The demining process will be carried out exclusively in the corridor for the passage of cargo ships, and all ship caravans will be accompanied by Ukrainian rescue vessels.
Ukrainian Deputy Infrastructure Minister Yurii Vaskov said the first grain deliveries will be made from the port of Chornomorsk.
"We expect the first shipment to be made this week," Vaskov said, adding that within two weeks, Ukraine also plans to start exporting grain through the ports of Odesa and Pivdenny.
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The coordination center tasked with supervising and coordinating the functioning of the humanitarian corridor will start its work on July 27. The supplies of Ukrainian grain to the global market have been affected in recent months due to the blockade of the Ukrainian seaports by the Russian military.
On July 22, Ukraine and Russia separately signed a deal with Türkiye and the United Nations in Istanbul to resume grain shipments from Ukrainian ports to international markets via the Black Sea.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the deal will enable Ukraine to export 20 million tons of last year's grain harvest and part of this year's harvest.