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Ukraine to send fifth vessel under Grain From Ukraine initiative

KYIV. Feb 17 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine is loading the fifth vessel in the port of Chornomorsk under the Grain from Ukraine humanitarian initiative bound for Kenya and Ethiopia, the press service of the Ministry of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine reported on Friday.

“The bulk carrier Valsamitis will deliver 25,000 tonnes of Ukrainian wheat to Kenya and 5,000 tonnes to Ethiopia,” the ministry said on Facebook.

The Ministry said that Kenya and Ethiopia will receive this batch of wheat thanks to donations from the UK, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.

According to published information, the fourth vessel of the initiative is currently being unloaded in the port of Djibouti: the bulk carrier Amira Hana delivered 30,000 tonnes of Ukrainian wheat to Ethiopia, while the port of Odesa received the sixth vessel of the initiative for loading. It is the bulk carrier Royal Star.

To date, more than 30 countries have already joined the Grain From Ukraine initiative, in total more than $200 million has been raised for the purchase of Ukrainian food. Within the framework of the program, 110,000 tonnes of Ukrainian wheat were received by one of the most socially vulnerable countries in Africa – Ethiopia and Somalia.

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the UK, Hungary, Greece, Estonia, the EU, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Canada, Qatar, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovenia, the United States, Turkey, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden and Japan, as well as NATO and the UN reported on the provision of financial assistance.