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Grain from Ukraine: Lithuania will allocate 2 million euros for the initiative

Grain from Ukraine: Lithuania will allocate 2 million euros for the initiative Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė (photo: Getty Images)

Lithuania will allocate another €2 million to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's global humanitarian initiative Grain from Ukraine, states Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė.

"Through centuries, Russia has been changing names but not its nature or methods. Almost a century after the Holodomor, Russia again attempts to use food as a weapon, this time by devastating Ukrainian civilian ports, grain storages, and blockading of the Black Sea," she writes.

Šimonytė said that the only way to ensure food security and lasting peace in Europe is to help Ukraine win this war and defeat Russia as soon as possible.

"At the 2nd Grain from Ukraine summit, I announced that this year Lithuania will contribute another €2 mln to this global humanitarian initiative by President Zelenskyy to help mitigate threats to food security caused by Russia’s war of aggression," the prime minister emphasized.

Grain from Ukraine

In November 2022, Zelenskyy announced the Grain from Ukraine initiative. Under the initiative, Ukrainian food is shipped to countries in Africa and Asia where people are suffering from hunger.

In July of this year, Russia announced its withdrawal from the grain deal due to alleged failure to fulfill its terms. The Kremlin also began shelling Ukrainian ports and grain infrastructure in southern Ukraine. After that, shipping became even more dangerous.

In August, Ukraine announced the opening of temporary corridors in the Black Sea for merchant ships. The Ukrainian Navy emphasized that the threat from Russia remains. The routes are primarily intended for the exit of civilian vessels that have been in the Ukrainian ports of Chornomorsk, Odesa, and Pivdennyi since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion.