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Ship carrying grain for starving Ethiopia leaves Ukraine – WSOC TV

KYIV, Ukraine — (AP) — A United Nations-chartered vessel loaded with 23,000 metric tons of Ukrainian grain destined for Ethiopia sailed from a Black Sea port on Sunday, the first such shipment in a program aid to countries facing famine.

The Liberian-flagged Brave Commander sailed from the Ukrainian port of Yuzhne, east of Odessa, according to regional governor Maksym Marchenko. He plans to sail to Djibouti, where the grain will be unloaded and transferred to Ethiopia under the World Food Program initiative.

Ukraine and Russia reached an agreement with Turkey on July 22 to restart Black Sea grain deliveries, addressing the major disruption to exports that has occurred since Russia invaded Ukraine. in February.

Ethiopia is one of five countries the UN considers at risk of famine.

“The ability is there. The grain is there. The demand is there across the world and especially in these countries,” Denise Brown, WFP Ukraine Coordinator, told The Associated Press. “So if the stars are aligned, we really hope that all players around of this agreement will come together on what is really a problem for humanity, so today has been very positive.

On the front line, Russian forces fired rockets at the Mykolaiv region in southern Ukraine on Sunday, killing at least one person. This area lies just north of the Russian-occupied city of Kherson, which Ukrainian forces have vowed to recapture. Ukraine’s emergency service said one person was killed Sunday morning in the shelling of the village of Bereznehuvate in Mykolaiv.

A Russian diplomat, meanwhile, called on Ukraine to offer security guarantees so that international inspectors could visit a nuclear power plant in ukraine who was shot.

As fighting intensifies in southern Ukraine, concerns grow over the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is held by Russian forces and has been hit by sporadic shelling. Ukraine and Russia blame each other for the bombing, which officials say damaged surveillance equipment and could lead to a nuclear disaster.

Ukraine’s nuclear power operator said on Sunday that one person was killed in a Russian rocket attack on the town of Enerhodar where the plant is located. The Russian-controlled local government also reported the attack and the death, but blamed it on Ukrainian forces.

The Zaporizhzhia facility is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

Russia’s envoy to international organizations based in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, has called on Ukraine to stop attacking the plant to allow the arrival of an inspection team from the International Atomic Energy Agency .

“It is important that the Ukrainians stop bombing the station and provide security guarantees to the mission members. An international team cannot be sent to work under continuous artillery fire,” he told Russian news agency Tass on Sunday.

Ukraine claims that Russia is bombing areas near the plant and stockpiling weapons there.

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