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Ukraine Has New Way to Get Grain to World Despite Russia’s Threat in Black Sea


Grain thunders into rail cars and trucks zip around a storage facility in central Ukraine, a place that growing numbers of companies turned to as they struggled to export their food to people facing hunger around the world.

Now, more of the grain is getting unloaded from overcrammed silos and heading to ports on the Black Sea, set to traverse a fledgling shipping corridor launched after Russia pulled out of a U.N.-brokered agreement this summer that allowed food to flow safely from Ukraine during the war.

“It was tight, but we kept working … we sought how to accept every ton of products needed for our partners,” facility general director Roman Andreikiv said about the end of the grain deal in July. Ukraine’s new corridor, protected by the military, has now allowed him to “free up warehouse space and increase activity.”

Growing numbers of ships are streaming toward Ukraine’s Black Sea ports and heading out loaded with grain, metals and other cargo despite the threat of attack and floating explosive mines. It’s giving a boost to Ukraine’s agriculture-dependent economy and bringing back a key source of wheat, corn, barley, sunflower oil and other affordable food products for parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia where local prices have risen and food insecurity is growing.

“We are seeing renewed confidence among commercial operators keen to take Ukrainian grain cargoes,” said Munro Anderson, head of operations for Vessel Protect, which assesses war risks at sea and provides insurance with backing from Lloyd’s, whose members make up the world’s largest insurance marketplace.

Ihor Osmachko, general director of Agroprosperis Group, one of Ukraine’s biggest agricultural producers and exporters, says he’s feeling “more optimistic than two months ago.”

“At that time, it was completely unclear how to survive,” he said.

Since the company’s first vessel departed in mid-September, it says it has shipped more than 300,000 metric tons of grain to Egypt, Spain, China, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Tunisia and Turkey.

After ending the agreement brokered by the U.N. and Turkey, Russia has attacked Ukraine’s Black Sea ports — a vital connection to global trade — and grain infrastructure, destroying enough food to feed over 1 million people for a year, the U.K. government said.

The risk to vessels is the main hurdle for the new shipping corridor. Russia, whose officials haven’t commented on the corridor, warned this summer that ships heading to Ukraine’s Black Sea ports would be assumed to be carrying weapons.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that allies had agreed to provide ships to help his country protect commercial vessels in the Black Sea but that more air defense systems were needed.

“Air defense is in short supply,” he told reporters Saturday at an international food security summit in Kyiv. “But what’s important is that we have agreements, we have a positive signal, and the corridor is operational.”

While a deadly missile strike on the port of Odesa hit a Liberian-flagged commercial ship this month, not long afterward, insurers, brokers and banks teamed up with the Ukrainian government to announce affordable coverage for Black Sea grain shipments, offering shippers peace of mind.

Despite such attacks, Ukraine has exported over 5.6 million metric tons of grain and other products through the new corridor, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink tweeted Friday. Before the war, it was nearly double that per month, Ukrainian Deputy Economy Minister Taras Kachka said.

“The way that they’re transporting right now, it’s certainly much more expensive and time consuming,” said Kelly Goughary, a senior research analyst at agriculture data and analytics firm Gro Intelligence.

“But they are getting product out the door, which is better than I think many were anticipating with the grain initiative coming to an end,” she said.


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Economist: В США опасаются, что помощь Киеву отложат до выборов 2024 года


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Если пакет американской помощи для Украины не удастся согласовать до Рождества, то он может быть отложен до президентских выборов. Такого развития событий опасаются некоторые члены конгресса США, пишет Economist, ссылаясь на источники.


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Первоклассника избили в одной из городских школ Сахалинской области


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Вопиющее происшествие случилось в первой школе сахалинского города Долинска. Первоклассника жестоко избила группа школьников.


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Экипажи “Ночных охотников” Ми-28Н уничтожили опорные пункты ВСУ


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Экипажи ударных вертолетов Ми-28Н “Ночной охотник” ВКС России уничтожили опорные пункты и бронированную технику украинских войск на донецком направлении. Об этом сообщили в Минобороны РФ.


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Жителей 15 регионов РФ предупредили об угрозе шторма


В частности, речь идёт о республиках Крым, Адыгее и Северной Осетии.

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Госдеп лишил гражданства родившегося в США 61-летнего врача из-за ошибки


Мужчина не имел права на гражданство, поскольку являлся сыном иностранного дипломата.

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INTERNATIONAL EDITION: INTERNATIONAL EDITION: Emotional Reunions for Released Israel-Hamas War Hostages and Families


VOA’s Linda Gradstein talks about the emotional reunions between former hostages and their families. Israel and Hamas will extend their truce by two days. A man pleads not guilty in connection with the shooting of three college students of Palestinian descent in Vermont.

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White House Welcomes Cease-Fire Extension in Israel Fighting


The White House is welcoming the announcement of a two-day extension of the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel and the agreed-upon release of 10 hostages per day of the pause. Anita Powell reports from the White House on what’s next.

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Donald Trump has turned into the gift that keeps on giving


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We have a gift that keeps on giving to the Democratic Party. That gift is Donald Trump. I kid you not. Whenever Trump opens his mouth, one can be assured he’ll say something utterly crazy, giving Democrats the upper hand. Case in point:

Trump has declared on Truth Social that he wants to end Obama Care. Now — Trump will never again be President, so he won’t get that chance. But much thanks, Donald Trump. Many thanks for reminding the American people that Democrats are the party of affordable Healthcare.

Republicans are the party that wants to take that away. Every time Healthcare has come up in the past, it’s been advantageous for Democrats. This is because Obamacare was implemented by Democrats for the people. And Republicans have not stopped ruminating about it ever since.

Yes, republicans have always been bitter about the exchange program. They have been salivating for many years, trying to kick as many people off of Obamacare as possible and end the program entirely.

But the people LIKE Obamacare. This is not coming from any one junk poll either. Time after time, exit poll after exit poll, voter after voter, has shone that the American people do not want Republicans kicking them off their healthcare plan. Why on EARTH would they?

And Trump just reminded the American people of yet another right the GOP would love to take away. Fussily complaining that Obamacare is too expensive, Trump says he is “looking” at alternatives. Right.

Were the affordable care Act to be peeled away, 30 million people would lose their health insurance. Of course, Republicans would say they have ANOTHER plan. They’ve reportedly been working on that plan for over the past decade. I doubt they will ever FIND this plan because it doesn’t exist.

Trump perhaps brought this up because of his deep and biting envy toward former President Obama. For Trump, Obama is the golden sun to his(Trump’s) dark, poison-filled cloud. Trump has always been jealous of Obama.




Healthcare is a RIGHT, not a privilege. And the American people get it. Any time any Republican speaks about ending this program, all that it really does is remind the American people how damn cruel the republican party is.

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