Ukraine works to resume wheat exports despite Russian attack on Odesa

The environment where agricultural products are stored would not have been affected by last Saturday’s bombings

ReutersThe missiles would not have hit the grain storage area at the port of Odessa The missiles would not have hit the grain storage area at the port of Odessa

THE Ukraine efforts to resume wheat exports from Black Sea ports were postponed on Sunday, the 24th, following a missile attack on Odesa raised doubts whether Russia would honor an agreement aimed at alleviating global food shortages caused by the war. the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky denounced Saturday’s attacks as “barbarism” that showed Moscow could not be trusted to implement an agreement reached just a day earlier with the mediation of Turkey and United Nations organizations.

Public broadcaster Suspilne quoted the Ukrainian military as saying after the attack that the missiles had not hit the port’s grain storage area or caused significant damage, and Kiev said preparations to resume grain shipments were underway. “We are continuing technical preparations for the launch of exports of agricultural products from our ports,” Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said in a Facebook post. Russia said on Sunday that its forces had hit a Ukrainian warship and a weapons store in Odesa with missiles. The agreement signed by Moscow and Kiev was hailed as one diplomatic advancement this would help curb the rise in global food prices by restoring grain shipments from Ukrainian ports to pre-war levels of 5 million tons per month.

*With information from Reuters

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