May 27, 2022
Ukrainian lawmaker says time is running out for Ukraine grain exports
Yevheniia Kravchuk, a Ukrainian lawmaker, said time is running out to export 22 million tonnes of grain out of the country before the new harvest as Russia continues to blockade Ukraine's Black Sea ports, Reuters reported.
She said the country has about a month and a half before the new harvest is collected.
As Russia and Ukraine together account for roughly a third of world wheat supply, and Ukraine is also a significant supplier of corn, barley, sunflower oil, and rapeseed oil, fears of a global food catastrophe are mounting.
Ursula von der Leyen, chief of the European Commission's, called for talks with Moscow to free wheat supplies stranded in Ukraine due to a Russian naval embargo.
According to Interfax, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko said that Moscow is willing to establish a humanitarian passage for ships transporting supplies to exit Ukraine in exchange for the easing of some sanctions.
Kravchuk said as part of the fields are now under Russian control or have been mined, Ukraine expects the new harvest to be around 70% of last year's crop.
Farmers require diesel for their tractors, and Ukraine had lost much of its refining capability owing to Russian strikes, Because of that, Kravchuk requested assistance in demining areas and fuel.