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Russia destroys 300,000 tons of Ukrainian grain in 3 months

14 October, 2023 Saturday
16:00

The Russian military has launched 17 massive attacks on Ukraine's port infrastructure since Russia withdrew from the grain deal and destroyed nearly 300,000 tons of grain

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Ukraine's Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov said this, Radio Liberty reports.

"17 massive attacks since Russia's withdrawal from the grain agreement, a 40% reduction in the export potential of ports, and almost 300,000 tons of destroyed grain are Russia's attempt to deepen the food crisis in countries that depend on Ukrainian products," he said.

Nevertheless, he said, vessels continue to move through the grain corridor that was created after the lockdown: "As of today, 21 vessels have already used this corridor for export and 25 vessels have entered ports for loading. We continue to work on expanding the corridor, it is our responsibility for the food security of the world."

Grain exports from Ukraine

On 17 July, Russia announced the termination of the grain deal. In response, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that it was necessary to continue using the grain corridor even despite Russia's withdrawal from the agreement.

On August 4, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov said that Ukraine would send ships with its own grain to wherever it deems necessary and would not ask anyone for permission.

On August 10, the Ukrainian Navy announced a temporary humanitarian corridor for merchant ships sailing to and from Ukrainian ports.

On September 28, media reported that Ukraine plans to open a new railroad corridor for grain exports.

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