| 24 April 2024, Wednesday |

Ukraine must be ready to export mostly via Danube ports – sea ports authority

Because Russia is essentially barring Black Sea exports, Ukraine must be prepared to export grain nearly entirely through its Danube River ports, according to the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority on Tuesday.

Last July, the UN and Turkey forged a deal between Moscow and Kyiv on the safe passage of Black Sea grain to aid in the fight against a worldwide food crisis exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of its neighbor and blockade of Ukrainian Black Sea ports.

Moscow has threatened not to extend the deal beyond July 18 unless a series of demands are met, including the removal of obstacles to Russian grain and fertilizer exports. It says that promises of help with those exports have not materialized.

“With Russia effectively blocking the operation of the grain corridor, we need to be ready to receive almost the entire export volume of the new harvest through the Danube ports,” Dmytro Barinov, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’s deputy head, said on Facebook.

Ukraine is a major grain grower and exporter, but production has fallen sharply since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022.

With a working grain corridor, about half of its agricultural exports are shipped via Black Sea ports, a quarter pass through its Danube ports and a quarter go via its western border.

  • Reuters