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The authority overseeing Ukraine’s grain exports says it is closely monitoring the first shipment

The Sierra Leone-flagged dry cargo vessel Razoni will depart from the port of Odessa in Odessa, Ukraine, on August 01, 2022 as part of a recent grain export agreement signed between Turkey, the UN, Russia and Ukraine that is expected to reach Istanbul tomorrow.

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The Joint Coordination Center, a body set up by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations to coordinate and control shipments of essential products from Ukraine, has said it is monitoring the safe passage of the merchant vessel.

A statement from the JCC on the so-called “Black Sea Grain Initiative” released Monday said it “authorized the M/V Razoni to set sail from the port of Odessa today.”

The JCC has agreed to the specific coordinates and restrictions of a humanitarian maritime corridor and communicated those details in accordance with international navigation procedures, it said.

It added that it has “requested all its participants to notify their respective military and other relevant authorities of this decision to ensure the safe passage of the ship.”

The Razoni will carry more than 26,000 tons of corn, the JCC said, and after leaving Odessa this morning, it is estimated to arrive at the inspection site in Turkey’s territorial waters tomorrow, Aug. 2.

After inspection, it will proceed to its final destination in Tripoli, Lebanon.

The JCC was agreed and established in late July by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN in an effort to get vital exports, such as wheat, fertilizer and cooking oil, from Ukraine after months of blockade of Ukrainian ports. Ukraine blamed Russia for the blockade, while Moscow blamed Ukraine for mining waters in the Black Sea, which it said prevented shipping.

The deal will see ships navigated through such waters, through what the JCC calls “the safe humanitarian maritime corridor.” Ukraine’s infrastructure minister said the shipment would help prevent famine in the world.

— Holly Ellyatt

Putin Says Russian Navy Will Get New Hypersonic Missiles Soon

Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Navy Day Parade on July 31, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Planned Naval Day celebrations in Sevastopol in Russia-annexed Crimea were canceled on Sunday after officials accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone strike on the Black Sea Fleet headquarters there, injuring five people.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Sunday that the Russian navy will soon be armed with hypersonic zircon missiles.

“We will provide protection firmly and by all means,” Putin said in a speech on Sunday on the occasion of Russia’s “Naval Day”, saying that “the most important thing here is the capacity of the Russian navy.”

He said his combat readiness “continued to improve,” adding that the latest Zircon hypersonic missile systems, “which have no countertypes in the world and no barriers,” would be added to the Navy’s arsenal.

“Dear comrades, their delivery to the Russian armed forces will begin in the coming months,” Putin noted in a speech in St. Petersburg. Zircon missiles, intended for use by the Russian Navy against enemy ships and ground targets, can reportedly fly at nine times the speed of sound and have a range of just over 600 miles.

Putin said the area of ​​their deployment would depend on Russian interests. He did not mention Ukraine in his speech.

Planned Naval Day celebrations in Sevastopol in Russia-annexed Crimea were canceled on Sunday after officials accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone strike on the Black Sea Fleet headquarters there, injuring five people.

“An unidentified object flew into the courtyard of the fleet headquarters,” Mikhail Razvozhayev, governor of Sevastopol – where the Russian Black Sea Fleet is stationed – wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

“According to preliminary information, it is a drone.”

Ukraine has not officially commented on the explosion amid reports that it could be a homemade device made by Ukrainian insurgents in the city.

— Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine’s first grain shipment in months departs from Odessa port

The first shipment of grain exports from Ukraine in months has departed from the port of Odessa, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov confirmed and data from MarineTraffic.com showed.

The Sierra Leone-flagged ship Razoni, which is loaded with maize, will go to Lebanon, the Turkish defense ministry said, according to a Reuters translation of a statement. from the ministry.

“As a result of the intensive work of the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul and the talks of the (Turkish) Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the ministers and relevant parties: It has been agreed that the Sierra Leone flagged maize-loaded dry cargo vessel Razoni Odessa will leave port on August 1, 0830 am for Lebanon.”

A port in the city of Odessa, Ukraine, on July 29, 2022. The first shipment of grain exports from Ukraine in months comes after Turkey and the United Nations signed an agreement between Ukraine and Russia to allow the resumption of key exports from Ukraine . such as grain and fertilizer.

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The shipment comes after Turkey and the United Nations signed an agreement between Ukraine and Russia to allow the resumption of Ukraine’s main exports such as grain and fertilizers, of which both countries are the main producers.

The deal is intended to allow safe passage for grain shipments in and out of the ports of Chornomorsk, Odessa and Pivdennyi. More ships are expected to leave Ukraine in the coming days.

— Holly Ellyatt

Ukrainian grain magnate killed in Mykolaiv . shelling

One of Ukraine’s richest men, agricultural magnate Oleksiy Vadatursky, and his wife Raisa were killed this weekend during Russian shelling in the southern city of Mykolaiv.

Video released by local emergency services on Sunday shows firefighters tackling burning buildings after heavy shelling on the city, a prime target for Russian invading forces trying to gain ground in southern Ukraine from Saturday night to Sunday morning.

Vadatursky, founder and owner of Nibulon farm, and his wife were killed in their home, Mykolaiv governor Vitaliy Kim said on Telegram.

People will be given clear water to drink on July 21, 2022 in Mykolaiv, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the businessman and his wife on Sunday evening, saying: “people like her, companies and our Ukrainian south guaranteed the world’s food security.”

Zelenskyy thanked the residents of Mykolaiv for “their intransigence and for protecting the city and the region”, as well as other southern cities that have faced heavy shelling in recent weeks.

“I also thank Nikopol, Kharkiv, Kryvyi Rih and the whole Dnipropetrovsk region, the strong people of Zaporozhzhia and the region, all Ukrainians of the Kherson region, everyone who defends the approaches to Odessa and the region… Thank you for your courage , ” he said.

— Holly Ellyatt

Zelenskyy urges citizens to leave Donetsk as Russians want to move forward

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday that Ukrainian citizens still living in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine should be evacuated.

Russian bombardment of towns and settlements in the area has intensified in recent weeks as its forces attempt to advance after conquering neighboring Luhansk, with both regions forming the Donbas to the east.

“The more people leaving the Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill,” Zelenskyy said in a video address on Saturday. “We will use every available opportunity to save as many lives as possible,” he added.

— Holly Ellyatt

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