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Ukrainian grain corridor reaches its pre-war capacity

Ukrainian grain corridor reaches its pre-war capacity Ukraine's grain corridor has reached its pre-war capacity (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

The Ukrainian grain corridor was operating at full capacity before Russia's full-scale invasion. More than 500 ships and more than 10 million tons of cargo have already passed through it, according to Dmytro Pletenchuk, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Navy.

"The vast majority of the cargo is grain, which is so lacking in the so-called global South. As for its (grain corridor - ed.) operation, it reached its capacity before the full-scale invasion. We have already crossed the border of 500 ships and more than 10 million tons of cargo," Pletenchuk said.

According to the Navy spokesperson, it is not worth saying that the grain deal is an alternative to the Ukrainian corridor, because the amount of cargo speaks for itself.

Grain corridor

In mid-July, Russia withdrew from the grain deal, which allowed it to export Ukrainian grain via 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.