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Russia delivers Black Sea shipping warning as Ukraine decries “hellish” port attacks

A view shows a grain terminal in a sea port damaged during Russian missile and drone strikes, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in an undisclosed location in Odesa region, Ukraine, on 19th July, 2023.

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Russia warned that from Thursday any ships sailing to Ukraine’s Black Sea ports would be seen as potentially carrying military cargoes, as Kyiv accused Moscow of carrying out “hellish” overnight strikes that damaged grain export infrastructure. Russia attacked the Odesa region for the second consecutive night after quitting on Monday a year-old deal […]

End of Black Sea grains deal promises pain for Africa’s neediest

A worker prepares baked goods with wheat from Ukraine as his colleague rests at a bakery, in Hodan district in Mogadishu, Somalia on 16th July, 2023.

Mogadishu, SomaliaReuters Russia’s announcement that it was withdrawing from a pact that allowed Ukrainian grains to leave Black Sea ports sent a shiver through poorer countries, many of which are already reeling from inflation, climate shocks and conflict. The Black Sea grains deal, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in July, 2022, helped bring […]