Russia blocked 218 vessels with grain from Ukraine, – Ministry of Infrastructure
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The blockade of the grain corridor began in September – the Russians artificially delayed inspections of ships, they noticed in Kyiv. Ukraine exported more than 9 million tons of food during the deal.
After withdrawing from the grain deal, Russia blocked 218 ships that transported grain from Ukraine as part of the agreements. The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine reported this on Facebook.
“Due to the fact that the Ukrainian side does not have permission from the Joint Coordination Center to pass through the safe corridor and conduct inspections as of October 30, 218 ships are actually blocked in their current positions,” the ministry noted.
< strong>Out of the indicated number:
- 95 loaded vessels that have already left Ukrainian ports and are awaiting inspection for shipment to the end user,
- 101 vessels are awaiting inspection entering Ukrainian ports,
- 22 loaded ships are waiting to leave Ukrainian ports.
According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, the implementation of the initiative for the safe transportation of grain and agricultural products through Ukrainian ports is exclusively of a humanitarian nature. Ukraine did not violate any of the points of the initiative.
“The Ukrainian side did not stop the movement of goods through the grain corridor, despite Russian military attacks on the port and energy infrastructure. There were 15 cases of Russian UAVs and aircraft approaching the civilian ships participating in the initiative at a prohibited distance,” the report says. .
The Ministry of Infrastructure noticed that the actual blockade of the grain corridor by Russia began in September. The occupiers artificially delayed and reduced the number of inspections.
This led to the creation of a queue of 176 ships with 2.1 million tons of agricultural products on board. Since the release of the first ship, according to the ministry, more than 9 million tons of food have been exported.
Of this volume, more than 5 million tons went to the countries of Africa and Asia. As part of the UN World Food Program, 190 thousand tons of Ukrainian wheat were sent to countries on the verge of starvation, officials informed.
Russia will continue dialogue with Turkey and the UN on a grain deal
Joint Coordinating Center (SKC) in Istanbul announced the departure of 6 ships from Ukrainian ports to the Black Sea as part of a grain deal. They carry more than 186 thousand tons of grain and other food products, the ships have not yet entered the maritime humanitarian corridor.
Russia today notified the SKC about the continuation of the dialogue with Turkey and the UN on topical issues of the deal. Moscow suspended participation in the implementation of the initiative for an indefinite period.
“The delegation of the Russian Federation expressed its readiness for remote interaction on issues that require an immediate decision from the SKC,” the center noted.
Ankara is confident in successful negotiations on Moscow's return to the grain agreement. The UN is talking about the serious impact of the cancellation of the grain deal on production and food prices.