President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen stated that the institution will provide Ukraine with 50 million euros to restore ports damaged as a result of Russian attacks. The corresponding message was published on social networks Х (Twitter).
“Despite the war, Ukraine continues to feed the world. You can count on us in these efforts. We continue to expand our “solidarity bands” and will allocate 50 million euros to repair your port infrastructure. Together we send Ukrainian grain to the world,” wrote von der Leyen.
The President of the European Commission published a photo of a letter addressed to the President Vladimir Zelensky.
According to her, the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea is “critically important for the supply of food to the world market and for the Ukrainian economy.” In October, Ukraine exported 3.6 million tons of goods by ship and another million tons by rail and trucks.
To support these efforts, the Commission is providing €50 million for the rapid repair and renewal of Ukrainian port infrastructure. Improved port facilities will speed up the export of food and other goods that Ukraine supplies to world markets. Over time, our investments will allow Ukrainian ports to return to pre-war export volumes,” the letter says.
- After withdrawing from the Black Sea Grain Initiative in July 2023, Russia began attacking Ukrainian ports like in the Odessa areaand on the Danube.
- In August, Ukraine opened new sea route from Odessaoriginally used to exit civilian ships stuck in the Ukrainian ports of Chernomorsk, Odessa and Yuzhny since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion.
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