President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that almost half of grain exports from Ukraine are currently impossible, as russia continues to block the country's main export routes through the Black and Azov Seas. He called the situation a potential “catastrophe” for global food security, writes CNN.
Addressing the Indonesian Foreign Policy think tank during an online forum on Friday, Zelensky said: “Today, 22 million tons of grain are stored in Ukraine's elevators. We cannot supply them to international markets where they are needed now. ”
The President of Ukraine also has stated that the UN's estimate that famine could affect another 50 million people this year is a “conservative” estimate, which predicts that the number of victims will be much higher.
According to him, hunger does not come alone, it is always accompanied by political chaos, which aggravates the situation, destroys people's lives, creates dangerous conditions for ordinary people.
In July, when many countries run out of last year's harvest stocks, it will become clear that the catastrophe is indeed approaching.
The President of Ukraine also approved an invitation to attend the G20 summit in Indonesia in November. He called on the host country to invite “only friendly countries”, which meant that russia should be excluded from the G20 summit in Bali.