Croatia Provides Ports on the Danube and the Adriatic Sea for the Export of Ukrainian Grain
During bilateral negotiations between the foreign ministers of Croatia and Ukraine, the parties agreed on the export of Ukrainian agricultural products through Croatian ports on the Danube and the Adriatic Sea.
Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gordan Grlić-Radman, announced this on his Twitter.
"In the context of a possible global food crisis, Croatia provides its ports for the export of Ukrainian grain and will continue to do so," the minister said.
In turn, the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, reported that the parties are currently working on establishing the most efficient routes to these ports. Kuleba also thanked Croatia for its constructive cooperation and noted that "every contribution to unlocking exports, every open door, is a real, effective contribution to global food security."
"We have focused on food security, the Formula of Peace, demining, military assistance, and Ukraine's accession to the EU and NATO. I am grateful to Croatia for offering its Adriatic and Danube ports for the export of Ukrainian grain," the minister stated on his Twitter.
The issue of exporting Ukrainian grain became acute after Russia, on July 17, announced its withdrawal from the so-called "grain agreement," declaring its intention to destroy any ships approaching Ukrainian ports.
"Let's be frank - Russia's actions take food from the mouths of the poorest people in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America," said British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly during a UN Security Council meeting.
Despite a barrage of criticism from leaders worldwide and calls to return to the agreement, the Kremlin continues to implement its terrorist policy, seeking to destroy Ukraine's agrarian infrastructure.
Specifically, on the night of July 23, Russia launched massive missile strikes on the Ukrainian port city of Odesa, resulting in damage to the city's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Among the affected landmarks were the largest Orthodox cathedral in the city - the Transfiguration Cathedral - and 25 cultural and architectural monuments.
On Monday, July 31, unconfirmed reports began to emerge that three civilian cargo ships - one from Israel, one from Greece, and one with Turkish-Georgian registration - allegedly bypassing the Russian blockade in the Black Sea and anchoring at one of the Ukrainian grain ports in the Danube Delta.
According to experts from the Institute for the Study of War in Washington, D.C., if the information is confirmed, "this may indicate that Russia either does not want or is unable" to enforce restrictions related to its withdrawal from the grain agreement.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported that within nine days of intense missile attacks from Russia, 180,000 tons of Ukrainian grain, 26 port infrastructure objects, and five civilian vessels were destroyed.