Over the course of the last several months, Russia has been engaged in a hybrid war in Ukraine, not only with boots on the ground, but with a hand in the region’s economic viability as well.
You see, the Russian military apparatus has not been nearly as effective as the world believed that it would be, rolling into Ukraine with young, scared soldiers and ancient equipment. They’ve faced stern resistance from extremely courageous Ukrainians as well, and it has forced Vladimir Putin to engage in some truly atrocious extracurricular warfare.
This included a lengthy blockade of Ukraine’s ports, essentially holding the region’s all-important grain reserves hostage.
This week, after months of trouble, grain is finally flowing out of Ukraine once again.
The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain left the port of Odesa Monday morning under an internationally brokered deal that is expected to release large stores of Ukrainian crops to foreign markets amid a global food crisis.Trending:
The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni left Odesa for Lebanon, Turkey’s defense ministry said. A statement from the United Nations said the Razoni was carrying over 26,000 tons of corn.
Razoni is expected to reach Istanbul on Tuesday. It will then be inspected before being allowed to continue its journey.
Ukrainian officials were quick to celebrate.
“Today Ukraine, together with partners, is taking another step towards preventing world hunger,” said Alexander Kubrakov, the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure.
He said it would also help Ukraine.
“Unlocking ports will provide at least $1 billion in foreign exchange revenue to the economy and an opportunity for the agricultural sector to plan for next year,” Kubrakov said.
The news could bring some much-needed stability and optimism to the region, as Ukraine struggles to fend of the horrid and smothering Russian occupation.