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16 vessels with Ukrainian food are waiting in line for shipment

Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that it is too early to draw any conclusions and predict further actions to implement the Ukrainian grain export initiative, and there can be no illusions that Russia will refrain from trying to disrupt Ukrainian exports.

He said this in his evening video messagereports Ukrinform.

“Today, the implementation of an initiative to export Ukrainian grain and other agricultural products from our ports on the Black Sea has begun. The first ship carrying 26,000 tons of corn left the port of Odessa. Today it is too early to draw any conclusions and predict further events. But the port has started working, the export movement has begun, and this can be called the first positive signal that there is a chance to stop the development of the food crisis in the world,” Zelensky said.

According to him, now everything depends on the fulfillment of the security parameters of the initiative, “and this is the responsibility of the partners, first of all, the United Nations and Turkey.”

“We cannot have any illusions that Russia will simply refrain from trying to disrupt the Ukrainian export. Russia consistently provoked famine in the countries of Africa and Asia, which traditionally imported significant volumes of Ukrainian food. And now, in conditions of extreme heat, as this year in Europe, the threat of a price crisis and some food shortages also for some European countries. So let’s see how the agreements will work and whether there will really be security. 16 vessels are already waiting for their turn to be sent, and we are ready to make a proper contribution to the stabilization of the world food market,” the head of state stressed.

Zelensky noted that this also has significant benefits for Ukraine.

And the question is not only in billions of dollars of foreign exchange earnings. About half a million Ukrainians are involved in growing export agricultural crops. And if you add related industries, then this is plus a million jobs. Hence the corresponding state attention to the implementation of the export initiative. Our people really need this,” the President stressed.

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As reported, on July 22 in Istanbul, as a result of a quadripartite meeting of Ukraine, Turkey, the UN and Russia, an agreement was signed according to which grain and other food products will be legally imported from the ports of Ukraine. The arrival of the first ship in the territorial waters of Turkey is expected on August 3, then the ships will head to Africa.

On Monday, August 1, for the first time in five months, a ship loaded with Ukrainian food left the port of Odessa.

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