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Ukraine’s MFA: Our actions demonstrate commitment to Ukraine's global liabilities in field of food security

KYIV. Sept 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine’s role as one of the guarantors of world food security and a reliable grain exporter is undeniable, and its actions demonstrate Ukrainian commitment to its global obligations in the relevant field, a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine regarding the provision of humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia and Somalia says.

“Ukraine expresses its support for the activities of the World Food Program, which carries out systematic work on the grain delivery and its further distribution in areas suffering from hunger,” the statement reads.

The ministry also noted the role of France and Germany, who decided to join the Ukrainian initiative and cover the costs associated with financing the delivery of humanitarian cargo to these African countries.

“The success of countering the ‘hunger games’ that Russia is conducting against the whole world, turning food into a weapon against the most vulnerable countries, is based on mutual support and solidarity. Individual actions of each country will not help to save the world from the threat of hunger. Despite the difficult circumstances in which the world community currently finds itself in connection with Russia’s aggression, we call for maintaining the will to mutual aid and the implementation of such large-scale humanitarian initiatives,” the Foreign Ministry said.

As reported, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine allocated UAH 420 million to the State Emergency Service to provide humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia and Somalia. According to Resolution No. 1040 of September 16, the Government allocated UAH 420 million to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (for the State Emergency Service) to reimburse the cost of wheat grain (not lower than Class 3) in the amount of up to 50,000 metric tonnes in order to provide humanitarian assistance.