Three more ships carrying grain have departed Ukrainian ports and are heading to Turkey for inspection, defence officials said.
The three ships are loaded with a total of 58,000 tonnes of corn.
The departure of the ships comes after the first grain ship since the start of the war left Ukraine earlier this week.
It crossed the Black Sea under a wartime deal and passed inspection on Wednesday in Istanbul before heading on to Lebanon.
The ship Navi-Star, which sits full of corn, leaves the port in Odesa (AP)
Ukraine is one of the world’s main breadbaskets and the stocks of grain trapped were exacerbating a sharp rise of food prices and raising fears of a global hunger crisis.
The ships that departed on Friday are from among over a dozen bulk carriers and cargo ships that had been loaded with grain and stuck at Ukrainian ports since the start of the Russian invasion in late February.
While tens of thousands of tonnes of grains are now making their way out with these latest shipments, it is still a fraction of the 20 million tonne of grains which Ukraine says are trapped in the country’s silos and ports, and which must be shipped out in order to make space for the new harvest.