Ukraine has announced an initiative to export grain to countries whose usual supplies have been halted by the war.
Kyiv promotes grain plan for vulnerable
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has hosted a summit in Kyiv to promote its “Grain from Ukraine” initiative, to export grain to countries most vulnerable to famine and drought.
The Ukrainian leader said the plan demonstrated that global food security was “not just empty words” for Kyiv. The Kremlin has said Ukraine’s Black Sea exports during the war have not been reaching the most vulnerable countries.
Zelenskiy said Kyiv had raised around $US150 million ($A222 million) from more than 20 countries and the European Union to export grain to countries including Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.
“We plan to send at least 60 vessels from Ukrainian ports to countries that most face the threat of famine and drought,” Zelenskiy told the gathering.