News Update


The first grain ships have arrived in Ukraine via a new route.

They arrived in Chornomorsk on Saturday with 20,000 tonnes of wheat intended for global markets.

Officials said it was the first time civilian ships had arrived in a Ukrainian port since a deal with Russia to ensure vessel safety fell through.

Previously, the lane was primarily utilized by ships leaving Ukraine.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov, the ships – Resilient Africa and Aroyat – sailed under the flag of the Oceanic island nation of Palau, with crew members from Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Egypt.

According to Ukraine’s agricultural ministry, the warships would transfer wheat to Egypt and Israel.

After Russia abandoned a UN-backed arrangement that facilitated grain exports from Ukrainian ports, Kiev unilaterally established the maritime corridor, which hugs the western coast of the Black Sea.

Moscow said that elements of the agreement permitting it to export food and fertilizer had not been honored, and that Western sanctions were limiting its own agricultural exports.

Russia has since threatened to treat civilian ships en route to Ukraine as potential military targets.

Earlier this week, the UK accused Russia of hitting one of these ships with numerous cruise missiles when it was docked in the Ukrainian port of Odesa.

Ukraine is a major producer of crops such as sunflower oil, barley, maize, and wheat.

When Russia attacked the country in February 2022, its navy blockaded the country’s Black Sea ports, trapping 20 million tonnes of grain destined for export.

This led global food prices to skyrocket and threatened to create food shortages in Middle Eastern and African countries that rely heavily on Ukraine for food.

Some of these nations, such as Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan, and Ethiopia, continue to be in severe need of humanitarian assistance.

Moscow has aggressively attacked Ukrainian port facilities in addition to threatening ships sailing through the Black Sea.

It has frequently bombarded the ports of Izmail and Reni, from which the majority of Ukraine’s grain shipments have been leaving since July, in an attempt to disrupt operations.

Ukraine has accused Russia of a “cynical” plan to harm its grain exports and jeopardize global food security.


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