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U.N. ship to deliver Ukrainian wheat to Afghanistan - ministry

KYIV, Sept 20 (Reuters) - A fourth vessel chartered by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), BC VANESSA, has arrived at Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odesa and will deliver 30,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan, Ukraine's infrastructure ministry said on Tuesday.

Ukraine has already shipped wheat to Ethiopia and Yemen under the programme. It aims to export a further 190,000 tonnes including this latest consignment for Afghanistan.

Ukrainian grain exports have slumped since the start of the war because its Black Sea ports - a key route for shipments - were closed off, driving up global food prices and prompting fears of shortages in Africa and the Middle East.

Three Black Sea ports were unblocked at the end of July under a deal between Moscow and Kyiv, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey.

The ministry also said on Tuesday that a total of 4 million tonnes of agricultural products had so far left Ukrainian ports under the U.N.-brokered deal. That includes some 195,700 tonnes which left Ukraine's Black Sea ports on eight ships on Tuesday. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk Editing by Gareth Jones)

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