Ukraine’s recently established grain corridor is gaining momentum, as defiance against a Russian naval blockade sees more vessels making their way to the war-torn country.

On Sunday, three vessels loaded with grain and iron ore, left ports Chornomorsk and Pivdenniy, whilst five new cargo vessels are waiting to be moored in ports for loading.

The bulk carriers Azara, Ying Hao 01 and Eneida, which are using the temporary corridor established by the Ukrainian navy, exported over 127 thousand tons of agroproducts and iron ore.

Five more ships are on their way to Ukrainian sea ports using a new corridor opened to resume predominantly agricultural exports, an alternative arrangement to the Black Sea grain deal blocked by Russia, a top Ukrainian official said on Sunday.

“Five new vessels are waiting to be loaded in Ukrainian ports. The bulk carriers Olga, Ida, Danny Boy, Forza Doria and New Legacy will export almost 120 thousand tons of Ukrainian grain to the countries of Africa and Europe,” as it was reported by Ukrainian vice prime minister Oleksandr Kubrakov.

Kubrakov also said earlier on Sunday that three bulk carriers – Azara, Ying Hao 01 and Eneida – left Ukrainian ports using the “temporary corridor established by the Ukrainian Navy.”

The Ukrainian official posted on social media platform X, a photograph showing the ships sailing. Shipping Telegraph could not immediately verify the date or location of the photo.

This marks another wave of ships attempting to complete a round trip to Ukraine.

The first vessels which used the temporary corridor were the Aroyat (a handy bulker) and Resilient Africa (a General cargo vessel), which exported 20 thousand tons of wheat for Asia and Africa.

The successful round trip of these vessels is a significant boost for Ukraine’s efforts to establish its own maritime corridor without relying on Moscow’s consent.