Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that millions of people could starve because of a Russian blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports which he said it left the world “on the brink of a terrible food crisis.”
Russia has seized large parts of Ukraine’s coast, blocking farm exports and driving up the cost of grain.
Zelenskyy said Ukraine was now unable to export large amounts of wheat, corn, vegetable oil and other products that had played a “stabilising role in the global market”.
“This means that, unfortunately, there may be a physical shortage of products in dozens of countries around the world. Millions of people may starve if the Russian blockade of the Black Sea continues,” Reuters quoted Zelenskyy as saying.
The United Nations has also said a global food crisis is deepening and has been trying to broker a deal to unblock Ukraine’s grain exports.