Ministry of Infrastructure: The movement of 218 vessels participating in the "Grain Initiative" is actually blocked
Since, as of October 30, the Ukrainian side needs permission from the Joint Coordination Center to pass through the safe corridor and conduct inspections, 218 vessels are blocked in their current positions.
- 95 loaded vessels that have already left Ukrainian ports and are awaiting inspection for shipment to the final consumer,
- 101 vessels await inspection at the entrance to Ukrainian ports,
- 22 loaded vessels are waiting to leave Ukrainian ports.
We emphasize that the implementation of the "Initiative on the safe transportation of grain and agricultural products through Ukrainian ports" is exclusively humanitarian and Ukraine, as a party to the Initiative, has not violated any of its points.
The Ukrainian side did not stop the movement of goods through the "grain corridor", despite Russian military attacks on the port and energy infrastructure. Also, 15 cases of Russian UAVs and aircraft approaching the prohibited distance to civilian vessels participating in the Initiative were recorded.
At the same time, we note that the actual blockade of the "grain corridor" by the Russian Federation began back in September. This was manifested in the artificial delay and reduction of the number of inspections, which led to the creation of a queue of 176 vessels with 2.1 million agricultural products on board. Thus, Russia's intention to provoke mass starvation in the needy countries of Africa and Asia, as well as to create an acute shortage of food worldwide, becomes obvious.
We would like to emphasize that since the first ship left, we have managed to export more than 9 million tons of food, of which more than 5 million tons - to the countries of Africa and Asia. As part of the World Food Program under the auspices of the UN, 190,000 tons of Ukrainian wheat were sent to countries on the brink of famine.
We emphasize that Ukraine remains a reliable partner for the civilized world and is ready to continue promptly collecting and shipping agricultural products to ensure global food security.