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Ukraine's Grain Challenge Involves Clearing Mines, Finding Ships and Trusting Putin

  • Ukraine and Russia signed grain-export deal on Friday
  • But there are lots of challenges to restarting sales
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Ukraine finally secured a deal aimed at restarting crucial Black Sea grain exports that have been crippled by Russia’s invasion. But getting them going won’t be easy.

Government officials from Kyiv and Moscow on Friday signed parallel agreements with Turkey and the United Nations at a meeting in Istanbul intended to help revive shipments from one of the world’s top wheat, corn and vegetable-oil exporters. That could be good news for a strained global food market and Ukraine’s economy that’s been wrecked by the war.