On Friday (29), Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and G7 ambassadors to Ukraine met at Chornomorsk port in a show of unity following an agreement to restore grain exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports.
Although the deal was negotiated a week ago, no ships have arrived so far, despite hopes for shipments earlier this week.
“It is important for us to continue to be the guarantor of global food security. Because someone blocks the Black Sea and takes lives in other countries, we allow people to survive,” Zelensky said on his Telegram page, sharing photos of the event.
“My fellow G7 ambassadors and I are in Odesa with Turkey to reiterate the importance of the United Nations (UN)-brokered agreement that allows food to be transferred outside of Ukraine. Russia must respect the agreement,” British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons tweeted.
Martin Griffiths, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency coordinator, said on Thursday that procedures for safe passage were still being developed.
Last week, Turkey and the United Nations brokered a deal between Ukraine and Russia aimed at easing the global food crisis caused by the war.
The breakthrough came after months of negotiations and a promise to open Black Sea ports to allow the safe passage of grain and oilseeds, some of Ukraine’s most important exports.
Russia has so far blocked sea access to those ports, meaning millions of Ukrainian grains have not been exported to many countries that depend on it.
CNN’s Rob Pichetta, Jomana Karadsheh, Tim Lister and Radina Gigova contributed to this story.
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