Zelensky supervises the loading of the first grain export ship in Ukraine – Economy – War in Ukraine

This photo taken and released by Ukraine’s presidential press service on July 29, 2022 shows President Volodymyr Zelensky posing for a photo with Western ambassadors and Ukrainian officials, in front of the Turkish cargo ship Polarnet, during a visit to the port of Chornomorsk on the black Sea . – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the southern port of Chornomorsk ahead of the first planned grain export under a deal with Russia. AFP

“The first ship, the first ship has been loaded since the beginning of the war. It is a Turkish ship,” Zelensky said, according to a statement from the presidency.

Video footage from the port of Chornomorsk released by the presidency showed him in front of a ship called Polarnet.

The statement said exports could start in “the next few days” as part of the plan to bring millions of tonnes of Ukrainian grain blocked by the Russian naval blockade to world markets.

“Our side is fully prepared. We have sent all the signals to our partners – the UN and Turkey, and our military guarantees the security situation.

“The infrastructure minister is in direct contact with the Turkish side and the UN. We are waiting for a signal from them that we can start,” Zelensky said.

The presidency said the grain export will begin with several ships already loaded during the Russian invasion in February, but could not set sail due to the start of the war.

The agreement to lift the blockade of Russia – the first significant deal involving the two warring parties since the onslaught began – aims to help ease a global food crisis that has seen prices soar in some of the least developed countries. poorest in the world.

Ukraine – one of the world’s leading grain exporters before the war – said it was aiming to export some 20 million tonnes of produce, worth around $10 billion, as part of this plan.

“It is important for us that Ukraine remains the guarantor of global food security,” Zelensky, whom the ambassador escorted from G7 countries, said in the statement.

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Christi C. Elwood