Ukraine accuses Russia of deliberately delaying passage of 150 grain ships

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October 21 (Reuters)Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday accused Russia of deliberately delaying the passage of ships carrying grain exports under a UN-brokered deal, and said 150 ships were waiting to be loaded.

In a video address, Zelenskiy said the delay meant Ukrainian grain exports were short by 3 million tonnes – which he said was enough to feed 10 million people.

Deal expires in November but talk of extension not making much progress because Russian concerns are not duly taken into account, the Russian ambassador to the UN in Geneva said on Thursday.

Zelenskiy said in Friday’s video address that “the enemy is doing everything to slow down our food exports…so far more than 150 ships are queuing to fulfill contractual obligations on the delivery of our agricultural products.”

“This is an artificial queue. It only appeared because Russia deliberately delays the passage of ships,” he added, without giving details.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren editing by Chris Reese and Rosalba O’Brien)

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