The President of Ukraine emphasized that 60 ships with food are being prepared to be sent to the countries of Asia and Africa.
As part of the Grain From Ukraine initiative, almost $150 million has already been accumulated, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said in his evening video address.
“Our summit was supported by more than 20 states. The total amount that we have accumulated for Grain From Ukraine is already almost 150 million dollars. The work is ongoing. We are preparing up to 60 ships,” he said.
The head of state emphasized that never again should hunger be used as a weapon.
“Today we held the first international summit. We are not just fighting off aggression. We are step by step creating a system that will stop aggression, dismantle its consequences and guarantee long-term security – the security of Ukraine, all of Europe and the world. Food security is one of the key elements of global stability. This is where Ukraine’s leadership role is most evident,” the president emphasized.
He thanked everyone who helps Ukraine and works for European and global security.
Zelensky also called today to honor the memory of Ukrainians, children and adults, whose lives were taken by the Holodomor-genocide.
Grain initiative of Ukraine
As reported, on November 15, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, in an address to the participants of the “Group of Twenty” summit, called on the leaders of these countries to join the Ukrainian initiative to help the poor with food.
On November 26, Zelenskyi announced the launch of a new international Grain from Ukraine initiative, within the framework of which Ukrainian food will go to African and Asian countries.
According to him, Ukraine plans to send at least 60 ships from Ukrainian ports to the countries most affected by the food crisis and in need of urgent assistance. These are Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Congo, Kenya, Yemen and others.
It is assumed that each ship with grain will provide food for an average of 90,000 people.
Zelensky called on partners to participate in the initiative and said that 20 countries have already joined Grain from Ukraine, and more than 10 are preparing to join. In particular, Great Britain will allocate 5 million pounds for the implementation of the Ukrainian initiative Grain from Ukraine to deliver food to the poorest countries.
The president also proposes to expand the grain export initiative to other Ukrainian ports, in particular the ports of Mykolaiv and Olbia in the Mykolaiv region.