I saw this today on Reuters – The sea mines floating between Ukraine’s grain stocks and the world: https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/sea-mines-floating-between-ukraines-grain-stocks-world-2022-06-10/. Longer article.
By Jonathan Saul June 10, 2022
Analysis: The sea mines floating between Ukraine’s grain stocks and the world
LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – As the United Nations tries to broker a path for grain from Ukraine and temper worries about a global food crisis, hundreds of mines laid along the Black Sea present a practical nightmare that will take months to resolve even after any agreement.
The Black Sea is crucial for shipment of grain, oil and oil products. Its waters are shared by Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia and Turkey, as well as Ukraine and Russia.
Ukrainian government officials estimate 20 million tonnes of grain are unable to travel from what was the world’s fourth largest exporter prior to the Russian invasion on Feb. 24.
Kyiv and Western leaders accuse Moscow of weaponising food supplies by blockading Ukrainian ports. Russia has said it wants Western sanctions lifted as part of any deal to allow exports to flow.
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