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Amid the Black Sea blockade, Ukraine’s grain supply reaches Spain via the Baltic Sea

In the midst of the war with Russia, a Ukrainian ship loaded with grain reached the Spanish coast via the Baltic Sea on Monday, with the Russian blockade in the Black Sea still in place.

Reports claim that the ship contained 18,000 tonnes of grain for animal feed. He reached the northwest of Spain. The grain was trucked to the Polish port of Swinoujscie off the Baltic Sea and was transported through Brunsbuettel in Germany and eventually reached Spain.

It is the first time that a grain shipment has been transported through the new sea route from the Baltic Sea with the Russian naval blockade in place in the Black Sea since February.

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Ukraine has claimed that millions of tonnes of grain ready for export are docked in Black Sea ports as Russian forces refuse to ship it.

President Zelensky had earlier said that 20-25 million tonnes of grain could not be exported by Russia, fearing a disruption in food supplies.

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Ukraine is a major producer of wheat and sunflower oil, with Europe keen to receive shipments for months. The UN has been pushing for a “safety corridor” in the Black Sea to allow Ukraine to export its equipment, but it hasn’t worked so far.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Agriculture Minister Taras Vysotskiy said the country had lost a quarter of its arable land since Russian forces invaded Ukraine and the country had suffered “massive displacements and external migrations”.

According to UNHCR estimates, more than seven million people have fled the country since the invasion.
The minister added that the country imported around 70% fertilizer and 60% disease control products in February.

However, the export of food grains suffered from the invasion, Vysotskiy added.

(With agency contributions)

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