UN ship leaves Ukraine with wheat for Ethiopia

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KYIV, September 17 (Reuters) – The third ship chartered by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has left Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Chornomorsk with around 30,000 tonnes of wheat on board, the Ukrainian ministry said on Saturday. infrastructures.

“The ship is heading for Ethiopia. According to UN estimates, Ethiopia is on the brink of a food crisis,” the ministry said in a statement.

He said that in partnership with the WFP, three ships loaded with more than 90,000 tons of wheat are on their way to Ethiopia and Yemen.

“We plan to export another 190,000 tons, which are currently being purchased by UN partners,” the ministry said, adding that in addition to the IKARIA ANGEL, nine other ships left Ukrainian ports on Saturday.

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The country’s grain exports have plummeted since the start of the war because its Black Sea ports – a key route for shipments – were closed, driving up global food prices and raising fears of shortages in Africa and the Middle -East.

Three Black Sea ports were unblocked at the end of July as part of an agreement between Moscow and Kyiv, negotiated by the United Nations and Turkey.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, editing by Louise Heavens)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2022.

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