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Hopes are growing for the first Ukrainian grain delivery on Monday

The first of long-delayed shipments of grain from one of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports could start later on Monday, raising hopes that soaring global food prices will slow and the threat of hunger in many countries ending.

The agreement aims to revive shipments from Ukraine which, before the war, accounted for a large part of the main foodstuffs delivered to European and African countries.

World food prices, as well as those of gas and oil, have jumped since the February 24 invasion, as world markets depended on Ukraine and Russia for significant amounts of wheat, corn and vegetable oil, as well as gas and oil.

Fear of starvation

There are growing fears that African countries such as Somalia could face famine, with the threat of civil unrest in many other countries, unless shipments from Ukraine restart soon, to help control exorbitant prices.

Sharp increases in food prices helped boost inflation in the euro zone in July, pushing the Irish rate to 9.6%, Eurostat reported last week.

The possibility of the first grain export ship leaving a Ukrainian on Monday was high, a spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan said, Reuters and other news agencies reported.

“If all (the details) are completed by tomorrow, it looks like there is a strong possibility that the first ship will leave port tomorrow… We will see ships leave ports the next day at the latest,” he said. said the spokesperson.

UN agreement

The UN agreement aims to allow safe passage of grain shipments to and from the Black Sea ports of Chornomorsk, Odessa and Pivdennyi. Moscow accuses Ukraine of blocking shipments by mining port waters.

Turkey is helping coordinate the hoped-for restoration of Ukraine’s grain exports from a hub in Istanbul, but war insurance for shippers and securing ships’ crew are just some of the many issues to juggle.


“The Ukrainian harvest this year is threatened to be half as much,” suggesting half the usual amount, Mr Zelenskyy said in a tweet.

“Our main objective – to prevent the world food crisis caused by the Russian invasion. Cereals always find a way to be delivered alternatively,” he added.