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Razoni’s inspection lasted just under an hour and a half, found theAFP. The freighter then continued on its way, entering the northern entrance to the Bosphorus at the start of the afternoon.

This inspection marked the end of a test phase operations to implement the international agreement signed in July in Istanbul with a view to curbing the world food crisis, underlined the secretariat of the Joint Coordination Centre.

The inspection team was able to speak with the crew and inquire about the journey made in the dedicated humanitarian maritime corridor in the Black Seahe specified, before adding that exports of millions of tons of wheat, corn and other cereals are to continue from three Ukrainian ports.

The cargo ship, flying the flag of Sierra Leone, left the Ukrainian port of Odessa on the Black Sea on Monday with 26,000 tonnes of maize bound for Tripoli, Lebanon.

The inspection took place in accordance with the wishes of Russia, which wants to be sure of the nature of the cargo.

A bulk carrier on the water.

A team of inspectors approaches the freighter Razoni, loaded with the first cereals from Ukraine exported since the Russian invasion.

Photo: Getty Images/Chris McGrath

According to kyiv, 16 other boats loaded with grain are waiting to leave Odessa, the main Ukrainian port which accounted for 60% of the country’s port activity before the war.

The agreement signed on July 22 between Russia and Ukraine following the mediation led by Turkey under the aegis of the United Nations allows the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports blocked since the Russian invasion.

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The agreement provides in particular for the establishment of secure corridors to allow the circulation in the Black Sea of ​​merchant ships and the export of 20 to 25 million tonnes of cereals.

A similar agreement guarantees Russia the export of its agricultural products and fertilizers, despite Western sanctions.

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The Turks hope that these agreements will help build confidence and lead to talks aimed at a ceasefire between Moscow and Kyiv.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to press for a ceasefire when he meets Vladimir Putin on Friday during the Russian leader’s stay in Sochi, on the Black Sea.

We discussed whether the grain deal can be an opportunity for a lasting ceasefireTurkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed after meeting his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Cambodia on Wednesday.

The strikes continue

On the military ground, the Russian army shelled the city of Chuguyv in northeastern Ukraine, killing one person and injuring two, Kharkiv region police official Sergei Bolvinov announced on Facebook. . He specified that the person killed and one of the wounded are Russian citizens.

Kharkiv, the second Ukrainian city, close to the Russian border, was the target of two strikes overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday from Russian territory, according to regional authorities.

A multiple rocket launcher in the Kharkiv region.

A Ukrainian multiple rocket launcher fires in the Kharkiv region.

Photo: Reuters/Sofia Gatilova

In addition, the Russian army announced on Wednesday that it had destroyed a depot of foreign weapons in the Lviv region, in western Ukraine, with high precision missiles.

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In June, Moscow had already claimed to have destroyed an arms depot delivered by NATO in western Ukraine, relatively spared from the bombardments.

The southern city of Mykolaiv was shelled again overnight, regional governor Vitali Kim announced on Telegram. A supermarket and a pharmacy were destroyed, while an equestrian school was hit, he added.

According to Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych, powerful explosions were heard Wednesday around 5 a.m.

In the Donbass basin in eastern Ukraine, Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the Donetsk region, in the epicenter of the fighting, said on Wednesday four civilians had been killed in the past 24 hours.

Ukraine, which is leading a counter-offensive in the south of the country, announced on Tuesday that it had taken over 53 localities in the Kherson region, the first major city to fall into the hands of the Russian army on March 3.

The Siemens turbine, a perfect pretext

Elsewhere, on the energy front, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday accused Russia of being responsible for blocking the delivery of a turbine currently in Germany, without which the Nord Stream 1 pipeline that supplies gas to Europe cannot function normally, according to Moscow.

For the Russian gas giant Gazprom, the return to Russia of this Siemens turbine is impossible due to Western sanctions against Moscow.

European countries accuse Moscow of looking for a pretext to delay the return of this turbine and further reduce its gas deliveries, in the context of tensions around Ukraine.

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