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Since the conclusion of the grain agreement, which allows the export of agricultural products stuck there since the beginning of the Russian military operation through the ports of Chornomorsk, Odessa and Yuzhny, Kyiv has exported 1 million tons of grain. President Volodymyr Zelensky announced this in a nightly video message.
“Ukrainian grain and the very fact that our direction of supply to the world food market has started working allows us to prevent chaos in the market, relieve the acuteness of the food crisis, and prevent catastrophic shortages,” — said Zelensky (quote from Ukrinform), naming the country among the guarantors of world food security.
According to the president, the “grain corridor” allows to provide hundreds of thousands of jobs in Ukraine, income for the country's companies and the state budget, as well as funds for the sowing campaign next year.
The day before, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, citing UN data, that the “grain corridor” 39 ships, including 19 previously blocked in Ukrainian ports, took advantage, they took out a total of 845 thousand tons of food.
On July 22, Russia and Ukraine separately concluded a grain deal with Turkey and the UN, the parties agreed to create a safe corridor for the export of grain from Ukrainian ports through the Black Sea. Grain loading is controlled by representatives of Turkey and the UN. Representatives of the quadripartite coordinating center inspect ships when entering and leaving the sea. Under the second part of the deal, the UN has committed itself to facilitating the export of Russian grain and lifting the sanctions that prevent it. The first ship left the port of Odessa on August 1.
Before the agreement began, the Ukrainian authorities said that about 25 million tons of grain were blocked in the country.
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The Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine reported the day before that as of August 25, agricultural producers in the country harvested 25.3 million tons of products. In total, the agency expects that at least 50 million tons of grain will be harvested this year (last year – 85 million).