Zelensky calls on international community to close Ukraine’s ports to avoid global food crisis


“This is a blow not only to Ukraine. Without our agricultural exports, dozens of countries in different parts of the world are already on the verge of shortage,” the president said.

Fragment of a missile in the city of Odessa.
Fragment of a missile in the city of Odessa.alexander zimanovAFP
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President of Ukraine Warned that trade in the country’s ports is paralyzed, he urges the international community to take immediate measures to end the Russian blockade and thus allow the trade in wheat and avoid a world food crisis. Volodymyr Zelensky Made these statements after speaking with the President of the European Council, Charles Mitchell, who visited Odessa, the main Black Sea port for exporting agricultural products, where missiles targeted several tourist sites and destroyed buildings on Monday. “For the first time in decades and decades, there is no regular movement of merchant fleets in Odessa, no port routine. This has probably never happened in Odessa since World War II,” Zelensky said in a video.

“And this is a blow not only to Ukraine. Without our agricultural exports, dozens of countries in different parts of the world Already on the verge of food shortage, And over time, the situation could obviously turn dire.” According to data from the International Grains Council, Ukraine was the world’s fourth-largest exporter of corn and the sixth-largest exporter of wheat in the 2020/21 season. But about 25 million combined An official of the nation’s food agency said on Friday that tons of grain is now stuck in Ukraine.

“Immediate steps should be taken to unblock Ukrainian ports for wheat exports,” Zelensky said on his Telegram messaging channel. He did not specify what measures he was seeking. NATO countries, including the United States, have denied armed intervention for fear of waging a wider war. Canadian Prime Minister, Justin TrudeauThose who traveled to Kyiv last Sunday said their country would help Ukraine find options for exporting stored grain.

European Council President Michel wrote on Twitter that he had seen silos filled with grain, wheat and corn in Odessa that were ready for export but remained blocked. During his visit to the port city, which was bombed, he had to take cover.

“This much-needed food has been trapped because of the Russian war and the blockade of Black Sea ports. There are dramatic consequences for vulnerable countries. we need a global responseI wrote.

Russia’s blockade of Ukraine’s ports since the February 24 invasion has increased volatility in international financial markets, Rise in raw material prices.
United Nations Secretary-General, Anthony GuterresIt said last week that the problem of food security cannot be solved without the restoration of Ukrainian production to the world market.

Agricultural officials in Ukraine estimate the exportable surplus to be around 12 million tonnes, and agricultural analysts have stated that Ukraine’s stock is so high that There will not be enough space to store the new crop When you reach

Ukraine has planted about 7 million hectares of spring crops this year, down 25-30% from last year, Agriculture Minister Mykola Solsky said on Monday, adding that Ukraine exported 1,090 million tonnes of grain in April, but that The planting was not of the same quality as the previous year and furthermore, the maize planting area was smaller.

Meanwhile, Moscow continues to defend that its “special operation” in Ukraine is designed to disarm and discredit its younger neighbor.

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