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Grain exports from Ukraine return to pre-war level

Grain exports from Ukraine return to pre-war level In six months, 661 vessels exported grain from Ukraine to 32 countries (photo: Getty Images)

In 6 months, Ukraine exported more than 20 million tons of cargo from Odesa ports to 32 countries through the Ukrainian corridor, states the Vice Prime Minister for Reconstruction of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov.

"In the six months of the Ukrainian corridor's operation, 661 vessels have exported more than 20 million tons of cargo to 32 countries. 14.3 million tons are the products of Ukrainian farmers. Ukraine continues to ensure the world's food security," Kubrakov said.

According to him, the ports of Greater Odesa are currently increasing cargo transshipment. Thus, in January, 6.3 million tons were exported, which is almost equal to the pre-war level.

Kubrakov noted that the ports are expecting 104 more vessels to arrive, which should export more than 3 million tons of cargo.

Grain corridor

In mid-July, Russia withdrew from the "grain deal" that allowed it to export Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea. After that, Ukraine decided to resume exports without the terrorist country's participation. The Russians have been trying to impede the work of the grain corridor in every way possible, including by attacking ports and infrastructure.

In August, Ukraine opened temporary corridors for civilian merchant ships. The routes are primarily intended to allow ships that have been in Ukrainian ports since the beginning of the war to leave.

According to Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine, as of December 4, 200 ships have already passed through the temporary corridor. They exported more than 7 million tons of cargo from Odesa ports. Now this figure is much higher.