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Ukraine agrees with partners on ships for grain corridor convoy - Zelenskyy

25 November, 2023 Saturday
18:14

On Saturday, November 25, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine had agreed with its partners to receive ships to accompany the grain corridor vessels

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Zelenskyy said this at the Grain from Ukraine conference, Ukrainska Pravda reports.

The president stressed that the creation of a "grain corridor" without the involvement of Russia is one of Ukraine's greatest achievements over the year. Work is currently underway to ensure the safety of ships travelling along this route.

"We have agreed with our partners and will accompany the ships at sea to ensure their safety. We already have specific arrangements to receive the ships. This is a matter of the near future," Zelenskyy said.

He added that the Odesa region will also receive additional air defence systems for protection, and Ukraine's partners have already received a request. According to Zelenskyy, it has already been agreed upon.

"Not only the ships are important to us, but also the people who live there," the president of Ukraine concluded.

Information on the grain corridor

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 August 12, Ukraine opened the registration of merchant ships and their owners who are ready to use temporary routes to Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea.

On August 16, the first vessel left the port of Odesa after Russia announced that it would terminate the grain deal on July 16, 2023.

On August 25, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan. The politicians discussed, among other things, the grain deal. Fidan stated that Ankara sees "no alternative" to the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the original grain deal that Ukraine and Russia concluded with the mediation of the UN and Turkey.

On August 26, the second vessel left the port of Odesa, and on September 1, two more vessels blocked due to the war left the port of Pivdennyi in the Odesa region.

On September 4, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, expressed hope that an agreement on the Black Sea Grain Initiative would be reached in a short time.

On September 16, the blocked bulk carrier PUMA (Cayman Islands) left the Odesa seaport. The vessel was loaded with 16,000 tons of metal and 14,000 tons of rapeseed.

On the same day, Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said that the first civilian ships had confirmed their readiness to use the route to the Chornomorsk port to load almost 20,000 tons of wheat for Africa and Asia.

On September 16, Kubrakov said that after Russia withdrew from the grain deal, the occupiers struck Ukraine's ports 118 times. About a third of the infrastructure was damaged or destroyed.

On September 19, the vessel RESILIENT AFRICA left Odesa's Chornomorsk port via a temporary corridor: it was loaded with 3,000 tons of wheat.

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