The first ship carrying 26,527 tonnes of corn has now left the Ukrainian port of Odesa on its way to deliver much needed grain to Lebanon.   

The Razoni is the first cargo ship to leave Ukraine since Russia invaded the country five months ago and blockaded its Black Sea ports. Getting safe passage for food shipments is a great achievement for the UN’s Antonio Gutteres and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan. For weeks now, the UN and Turkey have banged heads together to broker a truce which would allow cargo ships to leave their harbours to take grain to countries threatened by critical food shortages and hunger.