Ukraine plans grain exports ‘early this week’ despite Russian strike on Odessa

The Russian strike that hit the Ukrainian port of Odessa on Saturday cast doubt on the applicability of a deal that would have allowed Ukrainian grain exports to resume. But despite this danger, Ukraine exists “Begin [les convois] From this week”On Monday, July 25, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov promised.

“We expect the contract to start working in the next few days and we expect a coordination center to be set up in Istanbul in the next few days”, said Oleksandr Kubrakov. He declared that ships could carry grain, but also fertiliser.

However, the minister cited the threat of Russian bombing as the main obstacle to resuming exports. “If the parties do not guarantee security, it will not work”He warned in an appeal to Turkey and the UN, the treaty’s guarantors.

Moscow, for its part, maintained its defensive line regarding the strike on Odessa. These missiles were targeted “Only military infrastructureKremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov assured. “It is not related to the infrastructure used to implement the grain export agreement. (…) That is why the start of the loading process cannot and should not be prevented”He told reporters during his daily telephone conference.

The agreement, signed Friday in Istanbul, specifically provides for the establishment of secure corridors to allow the circulation of merchant ships in the Black Sea and the export of 20 to 25 million tons of grain grain banned in Ukraine. 90% of wheat, corn and sunflower exports from Ukraine are made by sea, mainly through Odessa, the main Ukrainian port on the Black Sea, which concentrates 60% of the country’s port operations.

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The first shipment will be Chornomorsk, south of Odessa, clarified VIce-Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Yuriy Vaskov, before the resumption of convoys from the port of Odessa, then Pivtenny. “We will be technically ready to carry out grain exports from all Ukrainian ports in the next two weeks”he said.

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