Loss of grain exports will lead to food crisis in Europe Africa and Asia
The Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture has closed its seaports to grain exports due to Russian take over and control of its four Black and Azov sea ports.
The Azov Sea ports of Mariupol, Berdiansk and Skadovsk and the Black Sea port of Kherson were closed “until the restoration of control”, The ministry said in a statement.
“The adoption of this measure is caused by the impossibility of servicing ships and passengers, carrying out cargo, transport and other related economic activities, ensuring the appropriate level of safety of navigation,” it said.
The Russian Navy had blockaded the Ukrainian ports since its military operation began on February 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky lamented on Monday saying the loss of the ports to Russia will lead to food crisis in Europe, Asia and Africa.
“Ukraine could lose tens of millions of tonnes of grain due to Russia’s control of Black Sea shipping, triggering a food crisis that will affect Europe, Asia and Africa. Russia does not let ships come in or go out, it is controlling the Black Sea.” Zelensky told the Australian news programme 60 Minutes.
“Russia wants to completely block our country’s economy.” He stated.
Ukraine considered the bread basket of the world due to its agricultural exports has been forced to switch to exporting overland by train and through its small Danube ports but not enough to meet demand in Asia and Africa.
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