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War in Ukraine Map including Snake Island for illustration purposes – CC-0; not recently updated: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:War_in_Ukraine_(2022)_en.png

It’s obvious what will happen. Russia will use the grain shipment as a cover to launch bigger attacks on Ukraine and maybe even a ground invasion, and then accuse Ukraine. People need to get innovative with other solutions. The US airlifted food to West Berlin, when the Soviets blocked it: “On June 24, 1948, Soviet forces blockaded all road, rail and water routes into Berlin’s Allied-controlled areas, stifling the vital flow of food, coal and other supplies. Soviet troop numbers dwarfed those of the Allies, which had drawn down after the war, so there was little the Allies could do about it militarily. But the Soviets couldn’t block Allied airspace, so U.S. and UK forces took to the skies to get supplies to the Allied sectors. On June 26, the U.S. launched Operation Vittles, which the U.K. later joined. It was the biggest aerial resupply mission ever embarked upon. The Allies also imposed their own counter-blockade, restricting trade with East Germany and East Berlin…. During the entire airlift, the U.S. and U.K. delivered more than 2.3 million tons of food, fuel and supplies to West Berlin via more than 278,000 airdrops. American aircrews made more than 189,000 flights, totaling nearly 600,000 flying hours and exceeding 92 million milehttps://www.defense.gov/News/Inside-DOD/Blog/Article/2062719/the-berlin-airlift-what-it-was-its-importance-in-the-cold-war/ (Where there’s a will, there’s a way.)

Ukraine will continue to do everything to export grain, and the issue of ship safety depends on international partners who agreed with the Russian Federation – Volodymyr Zelenskyy 25 July 2022 – 19:16 https://www.president.gov.ua
Ukraine, for its part, will do everything necessary to ensure the export of agricultural products from its Black Sea ports, and the issue of the safety of ships of various countries depends on the United Nations and Turkey, which negotiated with the Russian Federation in this regard. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a conversation with media representatives following the negotiations with President of Guatemala Alejandro Giammattei Falla in Kyiv.

“The whole world saw that even 24 hours hadn’t passed as shelling and missile strikes at the seaports of Ukraine began. For our part, we have done everything, prepared everything, there is a corridor. Ukraine controls everything in our waters, it is only Ukraine that will carry out inspections in our waters. You know that we de-occupied our Zmiinnyi Island. This is a very important aspect for security control in relation to other grain transportation corridors,” said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The President noted that the relevant agreements recorded on July 22 in Istanbul were to be implemented in this format.

“We trust Turkey and the United Nations with whom we signed relevant documents regarding the export of grain, and they were supposed to talk about the safety of the ships of other countries, which, by the way, agreed to transport grain – wheat, barley, corn,” he said.

According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, it is now a matter for the UN and Turkey – how much they will be able to control the Russian Federation, which has shown that it can fire missiles even after agreements.

“This is, in principle, their attitude towards partners – the UN and Turkey,” the Head of State said.

The President emphasized that Ukraine will definitely start exporting grain to once again prove to the whole world that it is not the country that is blocking this process.

“These are the narratives that are spread today due to disinformation and fake information by the Russian side. Therefore, we will start exporting, and let the partners take care of security,” he said.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy once again emphasized that Russia’s blockade of the Black Sea region will lead to famine on the African continent and in many Asian countries.

“We already know that even because of the fires that are currently taking place in Europe, there will be a large deficit and an increase in prices on the European continent,” he added.https://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/ukrayina-j-nadali-robitime-vse-dlya-eksportu-zernovih-pitann-76661

Zmiinnyi Island is also known as Snake Island.