Ukraine’s Grain Exports Plummet Following Russia’s Withdrawal from Key Trade Deal

The Ukrainian grain industry is facing a severe crisis following Russia’s abrupt withdrawal from a vital grain deal, which had previously facilitated the safe export of Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports, despite the ongoing conflict in the region. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov has reported a staggering decline in grain exports, with the country witnessing a drop of nearly three million tonnes per month.

The situation has been exacerbated by a series of targeted Russian attacks on Ukrainian ports, leaving a trail of damage and destruction in their wake. Since July 18, over 100 port facilities have been either damaged or partially destroyed due to these relentless attacks. Kubrakov took to social media to share this distressing information, emphasizing the dire consequences of these developments, particularly on grain exports to key markets in Asia, Africa, and Europe.

One of the most concerning aspects of this crisis is the frequent targeting of the Danube ports by Russian forces. Kubrakov has urgently called upon Ukraine’s allies to provide effective air defenses to safeguard these crucial export hubs. He has also sounded a warning about the cascading impact of this crisis, especially for countries heavily reliant on food imports from Ukraine.

In a deeply troubling turn of events, Russian drones, believed to be of Iranian design, conducted an overnight airstrike on the Danube ports. Ukrainian authorities reported seven individuals injured, with two in critical condition, as a result of this attack. Nearby Romanian authorities in Galatsi issued warnings to residents, urging them to seek shelter in cellars or designated safe areas. This marked the third incident in recent days where drone debris was found on Romanian territory.

Furthermore, Russia extended its drone attacks to the Odessa and Sumy regions, prompting a swift response from the Ukrainian Air Force, which successfully intercepted a significant portion of the attacking drones. The situation remains fluid, with Ukraine grappling with the dual challenges of defending its critical infrastructure and ensuring the flow of essential grain exports amid escalating tensions in the region. The international community is closely watching these developments, as they have far-reaching implications for global food security and regional stability.

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