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Ships Start Moving Again Into Black Sea as Ukraine War Continues

  • Shipping from the region had been suspended since war started
  • Vessels had been loaded and were waiting authorization to sail
Citizens fill bags with sand for frontlines, along the beach of the Black Sea city of Odessa, southern Ukraine on March 7.

Citizens fill bags with sand for frontlines, along the beach of the Black Sea city of Odessa, southern Ukraine on March 7.

Photographer: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Russia appears to be letting some ships carrying grains exit the Azov Sea, the first signs of activity since shipping in the waterway linked to the Black Sea was suspended following the attack on Ukraine.

Around 30 vessels have been allowed to leave Russian ports and sail out of the waterway straddled by Russia and Ukraine, Interfax reported. Saban Buttanri, owner of Istanbul-based Agrolino Grains and Oilseeds, says he’s also aware of ships carrying sunflower oils, grains and feeds sailing out of the Azov Sea toward Turkey, including three of his vessels carrying sunflower oil.