FILE PHOTO: A general view shows a sea port before restarting grain export in Chornomorsk
A general view shows a sea port in Chornomorsk before the restarting of grain export, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Chornomorsk, Ukraine on July 29. Photo: Reuters/UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SER
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Three new ships with grain leave Ukraine under landmark deal

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Three ships loaded with grain left Ukrainian ports on Friday under a recently concluded safe passage deal, the Turkish defenсe ministry and Reuters witnesses said.

The first grain ship to set sail from a Ukrainian port since the start of the Russian invasion, departed Odesa on Monday.

"We expect that the security guarantees of our partners from the U.N. and Turkey will continue to work, and food exports from our ports will become stable and predictable for all market participants," Ukrainian Infrastructure Mnister Oleksandr Kubrakov said on Facebook after the ships set off.

In a rare diplomatic breakthrough in the five-month war, the United Nations and Turkey have brokered a safe passage deal between Moscow and Kyiv, after the United Nations warned of famines due to Ukrainian grain shipments being halted.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24, sparking the biggest conflict in Europe since World War Two and causing a global energy and food crisis. Ukraine and Russia produce about one third of global wheat and Russia is Europe's main energy supplier.

On Friday, two grain ships set off from Chornomorsk and one from Odesa, with a total of about 58,000 tonnes of corn.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said on Twitter the Panama-flagged Navistar, carrying 33,000 tonnes of corn bound for Ireland, departed from Odesa.

The Maltese-flagged Rojen, carrying 13,000 tons of corn, departed from Chornomorsk port bound for Britain. The Turkish-flagged ship Polarnet, carrying 12,000 tons of corn, set off from Chornomorsk for the Turkish Black Sea port of Karasu.

The Turkish bulk carrier Osprey S, flying the flagof Liberia, was expected to arrive in Ukraine's Chornomorsk port on Friday, the regional administration of Odesa said. It would be the first ship to arrive at a Ukrainian port during the war.

Ukraine has called for the grain deal to be extended to include other products, such as metals, the Financial Times reported.

"This agreement is about logistics, about the movement ofvessels through the Black Sea," Ukraine's Deputy Economy Minister Taras Kachka told the newspaper.

"What's the difference between grain and iron ore?"

EASTERN 'HELL'

After five-months of fighting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy this week described the pressure his armed forces were under in the eastern Donbas region as "hell".

Moscow is seeking to control the largely Russian-speaking Donbas, comprised of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces, where pro-Moscow separatists gained control of territory after the Kremlin annexed Crimea to the south in 2014.

Zelenskiy spoke of fierce fighting around the town of Avdiivka and the fortified village of Pisky, where Ukraine has acknowledged its Russian foe's "partial success" in recent days.

The Ukrainian military said on Thursday Russian forces had mounted at least two assaults on Pisky but had been repelled.

Ukraine has spent the last eight years fortifying defensive positions in Pisky, seeing it as a buffer zone against Russian-backed forces who control the city of Donetsk about 10 km to the southeast.

Ukrainian General Oleksiy Hromov told a news conference his forces had recaptured two villages around the eastern city of Sloviansk but had been pushed back to the town of Avdiivka after being forced to abandon a coal mine regarded as an important defensive position.

The Russian defense ministry confirmed its offensive.

Reuters could not immediately verify either side's assertions.

The Ukraine war has displaced millions, killed thousands of civilians, and left cities, towns and villages in rubble. Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russian forces of targeting civilians and war crimes, charges Russia rejects.

On Friday, Ukraine's General Staff said Russian shelling of scores of towns across the country again targeted civilian settlements as well as military infrastructure.

NATO WARNING

Human rights group Amnesty International on Thursday said Ukraine was endangering civilians by basing troops in residential areas.

Zelenskiy hit back saying the group was trying to "shift responsibility from the aggressor to the victim".

The White House said it expected Russian officials to try and frame Ukrainian forces for an attack on the front-line town of Olenivka last week that killed prisoners held by Moscow-backed separatists.

Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador responded in a Twitter post, saying U.S.-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems were used in the attack.

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday he would launch a fact-finding mission after both sides requested an investigation.

Putin says he launched his "special military operation" in Ukraine to ensure Russian security and protect Russian-speakers in Ukraine.

Ukraine and the West describe Russia's actions as an unprovoked imperial-style war of aggression.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday the war was the most dangerous moment for Europe since World War Two and Russia must not be allowed to win.

Amid fears among some politicians in the West that Russia's ambitions may extend beyond Ukraine, Stoltenberg warned Putin that the response to such a move would be overwhelming.

"If President Putin even thinks of doing something similar to a NATO country as he has done to Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine, then all of NATO will be involved immediately," Stoltenberg said.

The war has led previously non-aligned Finland and Sweden to seek NATO membership, with the request so far ratified by 23 of the 30 member states, including the United States.

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Silver Lining

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Amnesty International seems to be confirming what a lot of posters have been saying-

"Being in a defensive position does not exempt the Ukrainian military from compliance with international humanitarian law," said Amnesty International Secretary General Agnès Callamard.

Amnesty International claims “Ukrainian forces have put civilians in harm’s way by establishing bases and operating weapons systems in populated residential areas, including in schools and hospitals, as they repelled the Russian invasion that began in February.”

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Amnesty International seems to be confirming what a lot of posters have been saying-

There really is no bar the right won't slither under to criticize Ukraine.

Hey you want to know how to limit civilian casualties in Ukraine? By not invading in the first place. No criticism of Russia though.

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tell it to Amnesty International, its their comment.

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tell it to Amnesty International, its their comment.

Right, but they're not the one on this site whining.

They're not the ones using this to try (and fail) yet again to prove how Ukraine is in the wrong.

Ukraine ban, Russia good. We get it.

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ok grain shipment.

the grain is going to UK and Ireland, who bought it?

and where is the money paid for it going to (government or a company?)

and for what purpose will it be used (weapons or the citizens or company profits)?

can the profit money received be used to start repaying the Billions of dollars the US has given to Ukraine?

ummmm....JAN 6TH!!!!!

Oh wait...never mind, forgot you dont know anything else but that.

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They're not the ones using this to try (and fail) yet again to prove how Ukraine is in the wrong.

they actually are. their statement clearly and factually indicates Ukraine as being in the wrong.

might wanna try to read the statement again.

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That ship looks quite old and a bit rusty.

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might wanna try to read the statement again.

Yeah, or maybe you might want to read the whole report there again.

Funny you missed this line:

Not every Russian attack documented by Amnesty International followed this pattern, however. In certain other locations in which Amnesty International concluded that Russia had committed war crimes, including in some areas of the city of Kharkiv, the organization did not find evidence of Ukrainian forces located in the civilian areas unlawfully targeted by the Russian military.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2022/08/ukraine-ukrainian-fighting-tactics-endanger-civilians/

Funny how that one was glossed over. Wonder why, hmmm....

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There is no rust on the grain carrier.

God speed!

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RedstormToday  04:47 pm JST

There is no rust on the grain carrier.

God speed![

Lots of rust on that ship. Probably painted after leaving it exposed to the sea too long.

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The smaller vessel at the dock is not the grain carrier. The grain carrier PolarNet is the one being loaded. Some posters need an eye test.

The PolarNet is underway.

ETA: 2022-08-07 02:00. Speed/Course:9.4kn / 127°

POLARNET (IMO: 9758961) is a General Cargo that was built in 2016 (6 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Turkey.

It’s carrying capacity is 12242 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 8.8 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 136 meters and her width is 19.5 meters.

The vessel departed from CHORNOMORSK, UA on 2022-08-05 08:13 LT (UTC +3) and is currently sailing at 9.4 knots with Southeast direction heading to DERINCE, TR with reported Estimated Time of Arrival at 2022-08-07 02:00 LT (UTC +3) local time (in 1 day, 14 hours )

Aye aye captain!

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> POLARNET (IMO: 9758961) is a General Cargo that was built in 2016 (6 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Turkey

Normal amount of rust after 6 years.

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

The deal is not new, it has been on the table for a long time. It was the Zelenski regime that has been blocking it, by mining sea access to Odessa and hiding military assets in Odessa. Looks like finally Zelenski is coming under pressure to be more responsible. I hope that Zelenski will be removed and replaced with a more sensible government.

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It could all change if there is a grain explosion. The underwriters are on tenterhooks with the insurance.

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That ship looks quite old and a bit rusty.

probably like the grain, they're not going to give us the best first

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Ukraine ensures that 17 ships are already loaded with grain, 10 of which are ready to leave.

https://todaytimeslive.com/world/88642.html

Recent photos of the ship show it is not old 2016 or rusty.

The ships do not belong to Ukraine.

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It was the Zelenski regime that has been blocking it, by mining sea access to Odessa and hiding military assets in Odessa.

No, Russia has been blocking it by declaring it's intention to invade Odessa. By attacking Odessa and other ports.

Looks like finally Zelenski is coming under pressure to be more responsible.

The waters remain mined, and ships are guided through safe passage ways left for Ukraine ships. That has not altered.

I hope that Zelenski will be removed and replaced with a more sensible government.

That is a matter for Ukraine citizens at the next general election Ukraine holds. I hope Putin will be removed and replaced with a more sensible government.

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More than 100,000 tons of grain shipped. How many lives will that save?

Too bad Moscow is ruled by a homicidal maniac.

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Amnesty is correct about this tactic.

Yes, and they're also correct in pointing out Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

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takeda.shingen.1991

Rabu from Ukraine ~

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Glenn,name someone who live on grain along,you need meat to a sandwich

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RedstormToday  06:15 pm JST

Recent photos of the ship show it is not old 2016 or rusty.

There's a picture attached to this article, so you can take a look at the rust.

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@takeda.shingen.1991@gmail.com

Hey you want to know how to limit civilian casualties in Ukraine? By not invading in the first place

Hey you want to know how to limit civilian casualties in Ukraine? In the first place, by not starting a civil war, by not unleashing the swastika-brandishing Hitler-loving nationalist thugs on peaceful populace. By not killing the people of Donbass for eight years.

Yes, and they're also correct in pointing out Russian war crimes in Ukraine

If even Amnesty finally admitted massive Ukrainian war crimes it means they are so widespread and horrible that no longer can be overlooked. There is a reason why the locals are so everwhelmengly against the regime.

@Peter14

That is a matter for Ukraine citizens at the next general election Ukraine holds.

Donbass fighters alongside the Russian army are Ukrainian citizens. And I hope they'll make Zelensky and his regime accountable for all their crimes.

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Hey you want to know how to limit civilian casualties in Ukraine? In the first place, by not starting a civil war, by not unleashing the swastika-brandishing Hitler-loving nationalist thugs on peaceful populace. By not killing the people of Donbass for eight years.

Lmao Who do you think you're kidding, comrade? If Russia were so concerned with civilian casualties then they would have sued for peace and not armed rebels? They didn't. They chose to arm rebels; Rebels who now back reintegration into Russia. Your Kremlin talking points are fooling no one. I love the pro-Kremlin fan-fiction. It is hilarious. They should write comedy.

If even Amnesty finally admitted massive Ukrainian war crimes it means they are so widespread and horrible that no longer can be overlooked. There is a reason w

Yawn. They also wrote about numerous Russian war crimes, talk about those pall. Try defending the castration of Ukrainian POWs by Russian war criminals. Who do you think you're kidding?

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Given that Zelensky has already tried to sabotage the deal by encouraging nations to seize ship loads of Russian grain under the pretext that if he isn't paid a cut, it must be stolen, how long before this deal blows up (possibly quite literally if one of Zelensky's mines takes out a ship) is anyone's guess.

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The Russians can track the ships to know the course through the minefields.

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Occams Razor suggests…

…..a totally fabricated, implausible conspiracy theory that Putin would be proud of?

Of course it makes sense that a leader of a country at war would kill and mutilate his own people, including war heroes, and put the blame on the invaders in order to terrify the survivors and convince them not to go over to the enemy. /s

Occams Razor suggests the simplest, most obvious fact: that the invaders, whose very invasion of the country is in itself a crime, are the ones killing Ukrainians, the ones committing war crimes. The ones who hopefully in the not too distant future will be made to pay in spades for the crimes they are committing.

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@takeda.shingen.1991@gmail.com

Who do you think you're kidding, comrade? If Russia were so concerned with civilian casualties then they would have sued for peace and not armed rebels? They didn't.

Who do you think you're kidding, pal? Russia was not a part of the conflict when it started, it could not "sue for peace". And how do you imagine "peace" with gangs of bloothirsty thugs who came just to kill you? In Odessa on May 2, 2014 they burned alive dozens of people, clubbing to death anyone who tried to get out from the burning building. In Donbass they bombed and shelled cities with airplanes and heavy artillery while people there had almost nothing but rifles. How do you imagine peace with such animals?

Your Kremlin talking points are fooling no one

Your Kyev talking points are fooling no one

Yawn. They also wrote about numerous Russian war crimes, talk about those pall

Yawn? At war crimes? Why I'm not surprised by such attitude...

They wrote nonsense about Russian war crimes while completely ignoring Ukrainian crimes. Awake at last. Must be Ukrainians overdid themselves.

Try defending the castration of Ukrainian POWs by Russian war criminals

Try defending the torture and shootings of wounded Russian POWs by Ukrainian war criminals. There were several videos a couple of months ago.

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Strangeland,If the leadership of Ukraine cared,they would spent the money to protect their people , instead of continuing their corrupt ways,a country social , political and personal problems ,has an effect internally,when you do not deal with them ,it only complicate them especially when you at war

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Strangeland,If the leadership of Ukraine cared,they would spent the money to protect their people , instead of continuing their corrupt ways

If they were less corrupt, would they be less invaded? Hmmm…

Considering that Russia is far more corrupt, why isn’t anyone invading them?

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