The Ministry of Infrastructure responded to Putinʼs statements regarding restrictions on the export destinations of Ukrainian grain

Kostia Andreikovets

The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine stated that Putinʼs statement about the alleged export of Ukrainian grain only to the EU is false.

This is stated in the statement of the Ministry of Infrastructure.

As part of the grain agreement, 2.37 million tons of agricultural products have already been exported from the moment the first ship with Ukrainian food left until September 7. 54 vessels with 1.04 million tons were sent to Asian countries, 32 vessels with 0.85 million tons to Europe, 16 vessels with 0.47 million tons of agricultural products to Africa.

The agency reminded that two vessels chartered by the UN World Food Program were dispatched as part of aid to the population of Africa. They should deliver more than 60,000 tons of wheat to the people of Yemen and Ethiopia.

Bulk carrier KARIA ANGEL, chartered by the World Food Program, will soon arrive at Chornomorsk port. It will be loaded with 30 thousand tons of wheat.

Separately, the Ministry noted that the grain agreement signed by Ukraine, the UN and Turkey does not provide for any restrictions on the export directions that Putin said.

  • On July 22, Russia signed an agreement on unblocking the export of Ukrainian grain from the ports of Odesa, Pivdenny, and Chornomorsk. The agreement was signed by Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Turkey, and the UN as a mediator. A day later, Russian troops bombarded the port of Odesa with missiles. On August 5, the first caravan of ships left the ports of Odesa.
  • According to the UN, more than 200 ships have received permission to move through the safe corridor as part of this agreement. As of September 6, 2,212,972 tons of grain and food products were exported from the three specified ports.
  • On September 6, Russiaʼs permanent representative to the UN, Vasyl Nebenzia, said that the Russian Federation may refuse to extend the "grain agreement" in November — allegedly due to the blocking of Russian food exports through the Bosphorus.
  • On September 7, Putin said that it is necessary to limit the export directions of Ukrainian grain and food via the Black Sea as part of the "grain agreement". He said that Ukrainian grain goes to the EU, not to Africa.