Ukraine grain shipment 'relief for the world': Kiev

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Monday hailed the departure of the first shipment of grain from the port of Odessa since the start of Russia's military operation as a "relief for the world".

Bulk carrier M/V Razoni, carrying a cargo of 26,000 tonnes of corn, leaves Ukraine's port of Odessa, en route to Tripoli in Lebanon, on August 1, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

"The day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as the first Ukrainian grain leaves Odesa after months of Russian blockade. Ukraine has always been a reliable partner and will remain one should Russia respect its part of the deal," Kuleba tweeted.