Plan to ship grain out of Ukraine dealt blow due to mines

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A plan mediated by Turkey amid a global food crisis to open shipping corridors out of Ukrainian ports has been dealt a blow as officials in Kyiv said it would take six months to clear the coast of Russian and Ukrainian mines. Ships leaving Ukrainian ports would be escorted by Turkish naval vessels under the proposal being discussed. According to the UN, Russia and Ukraine supply about 40% of the wheat consumed in Africa, where prices have already risen by about 23%. The country has faced severe capacity constraints when trying to export its grain by road, rail and river through Ukraine’s Danube ports. Ukraine’s railway network has, like Russia’s, a slightly wider gauge, or distance between the two rails of a railway track, than its European neighbours such as Poland.


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