The first ships with Ukrainian grain are being loaded in the ports of Odesa region, which have been blocked in Ukrainian waters since the beginning of the war, Deputy Head of the President’s Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Friday.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed his readiness to export Ukrainian grain, he added that Ukraine are waiting for signals from their partners about the start of transportation.
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“We are ready to export Ukrainian grain. We are waiting for signals from our partners about the start of transportation,” Zelensky said on Telegram.
He said it is important for Ukraine to remain a guarantor of world food security, “While someone, blocking the Black Sea, takes lives in other states, we give them the opportunity to survive,” the President added.
Tymoshenko wrote on his Telegram channel on Friday, “There are 17 ships in the ports with almost 600,000 tonnes of cargo. Of these, 16 ships with Ukrainian grain with a total tonnage of about 580,000 tonnes, which will soon leave for ports of destination.”
Tymoshenko also stressed that as a result of the armed aggression by Russia on the territory of Odesa region, 416 buildings and structures were all destroyed or partially damaged.