First ship carrying Ukrainian grain sighted off Turkish coast -witness

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain to world markets was sighted in the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said, ahead of an inspection scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The vessel, the Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni, left the Ukrainian port of Odesa on Monday and the Turkish Defence Ministry said it was expected to reach the entrance to the Istanbul straits around 9 p.m. (1800 GMT).

(Reporting by Umit Bektas; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Jonathan Spicer)

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