“It is now Ukraine that is, literally, saving the world from further growth in food prices and from hunger in individual countries”
“Further ships are already ready for departure. They will depart from the ports that are part of the grain initiative in accordance with the agreed schedule, and we hope that everything will work out, and the Russian Federation will not take any steps that would destroy these agreements,” Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said at a joint press conference in Kyiv with his Estonian counterpart.
Kuleba said the U.N.-backed deal “is beneficial to Ukrainian farmers, it is beneficial to the Ukrainian economy, and it is beneficial to the world.”
“It is now Ukraine that is, literally, saving the world from further growth in food prices and hunger in individual countries,” he stressed.
On August 3, 2022, the first grain ship to leave Ukraine and cross the Black Sea under a wartime deal passed inspection in Istanbul and headed on to Lebanon. Ukraine said 17 other vessels were “loaded and waiting for permission to leave,” but there was no word yet on when they could depart.