A SHIP full of grain set sail from Ukraine raising hopes of averting Biblical famines fuelled by Putin’s bloodbath invasion.
Fourteen more vessels are waiting in ports to see if the 186m Razoni reaches the Bosphorus Strait safely.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba hailed the first voyage as a “relief for the world”.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss hailed an “an important first step” but warned: “There must be no repeat of Russia’s shelling of the port of Odesa.”
More than 20 million tons are heaped in silos ready to go.
Ship tracking data showed the Sierra Leone flagged vessel sailing south east from Odesa before setting course at 10 knots for the Bosphorus Strait.
Ukraine fears Russia will use the ships to reveal safe routes through defensive minefields ahead of an assault on Odesa.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov hailed the ship’s departure as “very positive.”