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Africa's First Grain Ship Docks in Ukrainian Port

FILE - A farmer shows grain in his barn Ptyche, eastern Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 12, 2022. The country, before Russia invaded it, was a top global exporter of grain.

The first grain ship heading for Africa since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February docked in Pivdennyi port on Friday, according to Ukraine's infrastructure ministry.

"The cargo ship Brave Commander arrived at the Pivdennyi Sea Port. Very soon (Ukrainian) grain will be delivered to Ethiopia," Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov wrote on Twitter.

Once loaded, the MV Brave Commander will carry a shipment of Ukrainian grain organized by the World Food Program to Ethiopia via a grain corridor through the Black Sea brokered by the U.N. and Turkey in late July.

The disruption of delivery from Ukraine and Russia, two of the world's largest grain exporters, has caused prices to skyrocket, making food imports prohibitively expensive for some of the world's poorest countries.