Ukraine plans to open new railroad corridor for grain exports
According to Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine intends to launch an additional overland railroad corridor for grain exports in the near future
Kuleba said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
"We have now opened an alternative 'grain corridor' and are testing it. We are also going to open another overland railroad corridor. That is, the fact that we continue to increase the capacity of all corridors combined is an absolute reality," Kuleba said.
When asked about the relevance of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the minister replied: "Hope dies last, I will say this. The Black Sea Grain Initiative is the last to die. But it is obvious that we still need to work on alternative solutions, and we are quite successfully working on them."
The minister did not provide details on the route of the new railroad corridor.
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 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 Tuesday, September 19, the vessel RESILIENT AFRICA left Odesa's Chornomorsk port via a temporary corridor: it was loaded with 3,000 tons of wheat.
On September 22, Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov reported that a second ship with grain had left Odesa's Chornomorsk port using a temporary corridor. Three more are headed for Ukrainian ports.