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Ukraine exports 13 mn tons by sea since summer defying Russian blockade

By creating a safe maritime corridor, Ukraine has shipped 13 million tons of critical exports on hundreds of vessels since August, defying Russia’s threats to blockade the Black Sea.
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A vessel with Ukrainian grain departs the Port of Odesa. Illustrative image via X/Twitter
Ukraine exports 13 mn tons by sea since summer defying Russian blockade

Ukraine has exported approximately 13 million tons of products over some 400 ships through a protected maritime corridor established after Russia withdrew from a safe passage agreement in July, a government minister said on December 30. The sea corridor created and secured by Ukraine has allowed the country to sustain critical exports despite Russia’s threats.

Ukraine Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said he was “grateful” to Ukraine’s partners “for ensuring the operation of the corridor in conditions of military aggression,” according to the Voice of America.

The Minister noted that despite systematic Russian attacks on the Ukrainian port infrastructure, the ports accepted 430 vessels for loading through the Ukrainian sea corridor.

The corridor was established in August to connect Ukraine’s ports to the Bosphorus Straits, following Moscow’s rejection of a new agreement that would have permitted cereal exports through the Black Sea. The previous grain deal brokered by the UN and Türkiye, which is no longer in effect, had enabled Ukraine to export nearly 33 million tons of cereals and other foodstuffs over a year.

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