Russia says it is suspending – but not ending – its participation in a deal allowing safe passage to vessels carrying Ukrainian grain exports.
Moscow pulled has alleged that Ukraine had used a safety corridor in the Black Sea to attack its fleet but the UN says there were no ships inside the corridor that night.
Despite the fallout, 12 ships containing 354,500 tons of food exports, including grain, left Ukraine’s Black Sea ports on yesterday. This constituted a record volume of exports since the grain deal began.
One of the vessels carrying 40,000 tons of grain was destined for Ethiopia, where “the real possibility of mass starvation” existed, the infrastructure ministry added.