Ukraine: Grain exports could restart “within days”

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Ukraine has said the first vessels with grain could leave its Black Sea ports ‘within days’ under a landmark UN-brokered deal signed on Friday. ‘If the sides guarantee security, the agreement will work. If they do not, it will not work,’ Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said. Russia’s fired missiles on Ukraine’s main port of Odesa on Saturday, raising fears that the deal could be derailed. Moscow’s invasion in February has all but ended Ukraine’s grain exports. As many as 20 million tonnes of grain are trapped in ports, unable to leave because of Russian naval forces controlling most of the Black Sea. Heavy fighting has also damaged harvests and left ports blocked and mined. This has led to food shortages and price rises across Africa, which usually relies on Ukraine (as well as Russia) for wheat.” (07/25/22)