Worth $150 million
Ukraine wants to send grain to the poorest countries
11/27/2022 5:23 am
After the commemoration of the Holodomor, the famine in Ukraine under Stalin, President Zelenskyj announces that he will deliver grain worth 150 million dollars to the poorest countries. They are directly affected by the war.
According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine wants to deliver grain worth 150 million dollars to the poorest countries in the world with the help of the western industrialized countries. “Food security is one of the key elements of global stability,” said the 44-year-old in his daily video address on Saturday. He presented the “Grain from Ukraine” program – marketed in English under the catchy name “Grain from Ukraine” – as an important step in combating the global food crisis.
After the end of the Russian naval blockade, Ukraine had already shipped 12 million tons of food to 40 countries via its Black Sea ports. According to Zelenskyy, the country is preparing 60 grain ships for poor countries. More than 20 countries are supporting Kyiv with 150 million dollars.
Russia and Ukraine are not only wrestling with each other on the battlefield. It is also a matter of asserting one’s own interpretation of the conflict internationally. Both countries are increasingly targeting the poor countries in Africa and Asia, which – in contrast to the industrialized countries of the West – have not yet positioned themselves clearly. Zelenskyy’s initiative serves to draw the largely neutral states of Africa and Asia to Kiev’s side.
For its part, Moscow recently blamed the West for the global food crisis. Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin portrayed his war of aggression against Ukraine as a defense against Western claims to hegemony.
Germany gives 15 million euros
Ukraine is also receiving support from Germany. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has pledged this to avert global famine. Scholz said in a video statement distributed on Saturday that Germany would provide a further 15 million euros for grain deliveries from Ukraine in coordination with the World Food Program. A World Food Program ship sponsored by Germany is on its way to deliver Ukrainian grain to Ethiopia.
“Today we agree that hunger must never again be used as a weapon,” said Scholz – also with regard to the 90th anniversary of the “Holodomor”, a famine in Ukraine deliberately brought about by the then Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Up to four million Ukrainians fell victim to this in 1932 and 1933.
Scholz is increasingly expecting that Russia will not be able to win in Ukraine. In view of Germany’s support for Ukraine, it is becoming increasingly clear “that Russia not only must not win this war, but will not win it,” said Scholz on Saturday at the SPD Brandenburg state party conference in Cottbus. The Chancellor renewed his pledge to support Ukraine as long as necessary.