A spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the first grain-exporting ship to leave Ukraine’s ports on Monday is more likely.
Speaking in an interview with broadcaster Kanal 7, Ibrahim Kalin said that the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul will probably soon complete the final work on the export routes.
An agreement signed on 22 July led by the United Nations and Turkey aims to allow safe passage for grain-carrying ships from three southern Ukrainian ports.
Russia and Ukraine are major global wheat suppliers, and last week in Istanbul they signed a UN brokerage agreement aimed at easing the food crisis and lowering global grain prices that have risen since the Russian invasion.
Ukraine’s president said on Sunday that the country’s crop this year could be half of normal due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote in English on Twitter: “The Ukrainian crop is in danger of being reduced twice this year.”
“Our main goal – to prevent the global food crisis caused by the Russian invasion. Still find a way to distribute grain alternatively,” he said.
Ukraine, a major global supplier of grain, is struggling to get its produce to buyers because of a Russian naval blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, raising global prices for grain, cooking oil, fuel and fertilizer. Huh.
Elsewhere, a senior Russian-linked Crimean official accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone strike ahead of planned celebrations to mark Russia’s Navy Day, injuring six people and for canceling the celebration. Compelled to.
“An unidentified object flew into the courtyard of the fleet headquarters,” wrote Mikhail Razvozayev, governor of Sevastopol, home of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, on the Telegram messaging app. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The drone-borne explosive device was reported to have exploded on the peninsula at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which Russia seceded from Ukraine in 2014. The press service of the Black Sea Fleet said that the drone appears to be homemade.
Elsewhere in Ukraine, fighting continued. The mayor of the port city of Mykolaiv, Vitaly Kim, said one person was killed in Russian shelling, which damaged buildings at a hotel and school.
Firing of owner of Ukraine’s top agricultural firm
Kim said on Sunday that Oleksiy Vadatursky, the founder and owner of Nibulon, one of Ukraine’s biggest agricultural companies, and his wife were killed in a Russian attack in the Mykolaiv region.
The governor said on Telegram that the couple was killed in their home when the city was shelled overnight and on Sunday morning.
Nibulon, headquartered in Mykolaiv, specializes in the production and export of wheat, barley and corn, and has its own fleet and shipyard.
One person was killed in shelling in the Sumy region in Ukraine’s north, near the Russian border, the regional administration said.
Three people were killed in attacks in the past in the Donetsk region, which is partly controlled by Russian separatist forces, Governor Pavlo Kirilenko said.