The first ship entered Mariupol after the start of the war – the water area was cleared of mines and wrecks.
It began loading 2.7 thousand tons of metal, marking the resumption of the work of the Mariupol port with this process, the DPR reported. The ship will take on board the cargo and leave for Rostov-on-Don on Monday. In Ukraine, they called it looting, since the metal that the Russians were going to export belongs to Ukrainian companies.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, “expressed his readiness to resume dialogue.” The interlocutors discussed the possibility of exporting Ukrainian grain by sea. Putin noted that it was the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the West that caused problems with food supplies.
The representative of the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation Vadim Astafiev notes:
The ships of the Novorossiysk naval base of the Black Sea Fleet ensured the safe passage of a merchant ship to the port of Mariupol. Loading has started at the moment.
The Ukrainian side claims that Russian ships “continue to block civilian navigation in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas,” preventing the export of Ukrainian grain.
Dutch farmer Kees Huizinga says:
The only thing we need is to open the Black Sea ports so that we can continue our work. Road and rail transport across Europe is a drop in the ocean. After all, from 80% to 90% of Ukrainian grain is exported through the Black Sea ports.
Ukraine accounts for approximately 20% of world exports of wheat and corn. About a third of last year’s harvest still remains in granaries.