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Officials announced that three more ships would leave Black Sea ports Friday morning loaded with food under a grain deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey.

Two ships will depart from the port of Chernomorsk and the other from the port in Odesa, carrying a total of more than 58,000 tons of corn.

“We hope for the professionalism of everyone involved,” Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov wrote on Facebook.

A security officer stands next to a Navi-Star ship loaded with grain.

A security officer stands next to a Navi-Star ship loaded with grain.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Under an agreement reached by officials on July 22, ships will be allowed to leave the ports of Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny with grain, corn and related food.

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The deal appeared to be in jeopardy when Russia launched a series of missile strikes off Ukraine’s coast on July 23, but the first ship with 26,000 tons of corn left this week.

Security personnel stand in front of a grain storage terminal in Odessa, Ukraine.

Security personnel stand in front of a grain storage terminal in Odessa, Ukraine.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Russia’s February attack on Ukraine has depressed food prices worldwide as the two countries play a key role in the global commodities market.

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The United Nations’ FAO food price index, which reflects the international prices of a basket of food commodities, rose 23% in June compared to the same time last year.