Ukraine invasion: Two more ships depart from Black Sea ports

Ukraine invasion: Two more ships depart from Black Sea ports
More ships loaded with grain have departed from Ukraine's Black Sea ports, according to Turkey's defence minister on Saturday.
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Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of exacerbating a global food crisis [source: Getty]

Two more ships left from Ukraine's Black Sea ports on Saturday, Turkey's defence ministry said, bringing the total number of ships to depart the country under an UN-brokered deal to 16.

Barbados-flagged Fulmar S left Ukraine's Chornomorsk port, carrying 12,000 tonnes of corn to Turkey's southern Iskenderun province, it said.

The Marshall Island-flagged Thoe departed from the same port and headed to Turkey's Tekirdag, carrying 3,000 tonnes of sunflower seeds.

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The statement added that another ship would depart from Turkey on Saturday to Ukraine to buy grains.

The UN and Turkey brokered a deal last month to allow for the resumption of grain exports from Ukraine, which were unended by Russia's invasion. 

Before the war, Russia and Ukraine accounted for nearly a third of global wheat exports, with large amounts of product going to countries in the Middle East and North Africa. 

However, the Feburary 24 invasion disrupted global supply chains, causing prices to soar and threatening to push thousands in food poverty.