Turkish officials monitor grain ship leaving Ukraine

STORY: The Sierra Leone-flagged ship ‘Razoni’ left the Ukrainian Black Sea port on Monday morning bound for Lebanon under a grain deal struck between Ukraine, Russia, the United Nations and Turkey to avert a global food crisis.

It's the first departure since the Russian invasion blocked shipping through the Black Sea five months ago.

The ship was carrying 27,000 tons of corn and would undergo an inspection in Istanbul before continuing to Lebanon's Tripoli, the U.N.-led JCC said, adding it had requested all parties to inform militaries to ensure its safe passage.