“Breath” for Ethiopia, the first ship with wheat from Ukraine will soon depart
A cargo ship named Brave Commander arrived at the port of Pivdennyi in Ukraine on Friday. It will soon send wheat to Ethiopia, according to Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister.
The Liberian-flagged ship will transport more than 23,000 tons of grain to East Africa and has been chartered by the UN World Food Programme, according to Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure.
Reuters reports that it is the first ship in Africa to carry wheat from the Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian occupation.
Conflict in the north and drought in the south have pushed some 20 million people into a vulnerable and precarious humanitarian situation in Ethiopia, which the United Nations says has been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.