Ukrainian Grain Shipment Clears Inspection Sparking Hope for Food Shortage Relief

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The first shipment of Ukrainian grain since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict cleared inspection in Istanbul on Wednesday bound for Lebanon.  Turkish Trade Minister Mehmet Mus hailed this as a victory against the threat of a global food crisis and soaring food prices.  The shipment bearing 26,000 tons of corn was the first in a test run of a process established after successful talks between Turkey, Russia, and the United Nations.  Officials from the U.S. and U.N. remain cautiously optimistic about the grain shipment process.