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‘UN ship with grain for Africa sets off from Ukraine’

KYIV (Ukraine): A UN-chartered vessel laden with grain set off from Ukraine for Africa on Tuesday following a deal to relieve a global food crisis, the ministry in charge of shipments said.

The MV Brave Commander departed from the Black Sea port of Pivdennyi and will sail to Djibouti "for delivery to Ethiopia", the infrastructure ministry said on Telegram.

The ship is loaded with 23,000 tonnes of wheat, reports AFP.

It is the first ship chartered by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to leave Ukraine since Russia's invasion began in February.

The government has said it is hoping there will be two or three similar shipments soon.

Ukraine and Russia are two of the world's biggest grain exporters.