Ukraine has managed to ship 13 million tons through its maritime corridor in the Black Sea

Ukraine has managed to ship 13 million tons of products, mainly grains, through its maritime corridor in the Black Sea. This corridor, extending from the port of Odesa to the Danube Delta, was activated in August 2023 following the termination of an agreement between Russia, Turkey, and the UN. Since then, Ukraine has operated 430 merchant ships to transport these goods.

Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure, Oleksandr Kubrakov, reported on the social network X (formerly known as Twitter) about these operations, which began last summer. Despite success in keeping the Russian Black Sea fleet at bay, Ukrainian ports continue to suffer missile and drone attacks. In November, a ship flying the Liberian flag was attacked in Odesa, resulting in one death and four injuries, but it did not stop maritime traffic.

Furthermore, sea mines have caused several incidents, including one in December where two crew members of a Panama-flagged ship were injured and the ship was left adrift after hitting a mine at the mouth of the Danube.

The U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink, has highlighted the importance of these maritime operations for Ukraine to continue contributing to global food supply, describing them as a “significant achievement”.