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Ukraine, Russia Reach Deal to Unblock Grain Exports Stranded by War

  • Countries ink parallel agreements with Turkey, UN in Istanbul
  • Deal could help revive crops trade from major global exporter
Barges are loaded with grain at Reni river port on Danube river, in the Odesa region, Ukraine, on July 21.

Barges are loaded with grain at Reni river port on Danube river, in the Odesa region, Ukraine, on July 21.

Photographer: Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto/Getty Images
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Russia and Ukraine reached a deal aimed at releasing millions of tons of grain through Ukraine’s Black Sea ports that, if implemented, would mark a vital step toward shoring up global food supplies.

Government officials from Kyiv and Moscow signed agreements with Turkey and the United Nations at a meeting in Istanbul. Grain ship traffic should begin in the coming days, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The accord involves shipments from three Ukrainian ports: Odesa, Chornomorsk and Pivdennyi, according to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.