Ukraine: Grain deal expiration a ‘blow to people in need’

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Russia’s decision on Monday to reject an extension of an agreement allowing Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea has sparked widespread condemnation from the United Nations. The UN warned that millions of the world’s poorest people would be the ones to suffer the consequences. The July 2022 agreement had been crucial in facilitating the passage of vital grain shipments through Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, which had been blocked by Russian warships during Moscow’s invasion last year. The withdrawal from the deal by Moscow came shortly after drones targeted the only bridge connecting Russian territory to the annexed Crimea peninsula — a vital supply route for Russian forces in southern Ukraine.

The Kremlin cited unfulfilled obligations regarding the export of Russian food and fertilizers as the reason for its exit from the agreement, a complaint they had voiced for months. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed deep concern over Russia’s decision.

Credit DW News

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