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Ukraine to receive over USD 2 million from Lithuania to protect grain exports from Russian attacks

A grain truck damaged in Odesa by a Russian air attack late on 5 November 2023. Photo: Telegram/Олег Кіпер
Ukraine to receive over USD 2 million from Lithuania to protect grain exports from Russian attacks
Lithuania will allocate over $2 million by the end of 2023 for the “Grain from Ukraine” initiative. The country is also ready to assist Kyiv in increasing the transit capacities of Baltic ports for Ukrainian exports, said the Prime Minister of Lithuania, Ingrida Šimonytė during a press conference in Kyiv, according to Ukrinform.
The “Grain from Ukraine” is a humanitarian food program launched by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in 2022 to supply Ukrainian grain to countries in Africa and Asia facing malnutrition and hunger. The program will help overcome the humanitarian and economic consequences of the global food crisis caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine.
“I am pleased to see how much has been achieved in the year since the launch of the “Grain from Ukraine” program. It demonstrates that Ukraine continues and will continue to feed the world. Lithuania joined this initiative last year, and today we are allocating an additional 2 million euros, which Ukraine will receive by the end of this year,” said Šimonytė.

The prime minister also noted that Russia was trying to use the situation in the Black Sea to hinder the export of Ukrainian grain and achieve the cancellation of sanctions.

“But it won’t work. We are developing alternative grain export routes. We will be ready to increase the transit capacities of our ports for Ukrainian exports which will create another opportunity — a corridor through the Baltic Sea for the export of Ukrainian products, despite Russia’s attempts,” stated Šimonytė. 

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