First food aid shipment bound for Africa leaves Ukrainian port | Russia-Ukraine war News

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UN-chartered vessel departed Pivdennyi port for Djibouti, carrying the primary cargo of wheat to Africa since warfare started.

The primary ship carrying humanitarian meals help to Africa from Ukraine since Russia’s invasion started in February has departed from the nation’s Black Sea port of Pivdennyi, the Ukrainian authorities has introduced.

The United Nations-chartered Courageous Commander, which is loaded with 23,000 tonnes of wheat, departed for Djibouti on Tuesday with provides destined for shoppers in Ethiopia, Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry stated in a press release.

The ministry stated it was working with the UN on rising “meals provides for the socially susceptible sections of the African inhabitants” as considerations mount over a worldwide meals disaster attributable to Moscow’s warfare on Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov stated the Courageous Commander was anticipated to reach within the Horn of Africa in two weeks.

Ukraine’s grain exports have slumped attributable to Russia’s blockade of the nation’s Black Sea ports, driving up world meals costs and sparking fears of shortages in Africa, Asia and the Center East.

Ukraine’s ports had been reopened final month following a deal between Moscow and Kyiv, brokered by the UN and Turkey, which has made it potential for Ukraine to export a whole bunch of hundreds of tonnes of grain, different meals provides and fertilisers to world consumers.

A complete of 21 ships have left Ukrainian ports underneath the deal up to now, in accordance with Turkey’s defence ministry.

The World Meals Programme (WFP) on Tuesday warned the world nonetheless faces an unprecedented meals disaster regardless of the reopening of Ukraine’s Chornomorsk, Pivdennyi and Odesa ports, saying as much as 50 million individuals in 45 international locations are on the sting of famine.

“It’ll take greater than grain ships out of Ukraine to cease world starvation, however with Ukrainian grain again on world markets now we have an opportunity to cease this world meals disaster from spiraling even additional,” WFP Govt Director David Beasley stated in a press release.

Beasley’s remarks got here as Ukraine’s deputy infrastructure minister Yuriy Vaskov stated that the nation can export three million tonnes of grain from its ports in September and should sooner or later have the ability to export 4 million tonnes month-to-month.

Vaskov stated that Kyiv had acquired purposes for 30 ships to return to Ukraine within the subsequent two weeks to move grain, whereas the whole export quantity up to now was about 600,000 tonnes.

Regardless of the reopening of the Black Sea ports, Ukraine’s grain exports are down 46 p.c year-on-year to 2.65 million tonnes up to now within the 2022/23 season, the agriculture ministry stated this week. Ukraine exported 948,000 tonnes of grain within the first half of August, down from 1.88 million tonnes in the identical interval final yr, in accordance with the ministry.

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