(CNN Spanish) – The Russian war in Ukraine, which has already exceeded 100 days, continues with the Donbass region as the main target of Moscow. But, in addition to this, the effects on the global economy are emerging day by day.
Now, one of the biggest concerns is the blockade of Ukrainian ports, which could lead to the deaths of “millions of people,” according to President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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Zelensky warns that “millions of people may starve” if Russia continues to close ports.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that millions of people around the world could starve if Russia does not allow Ukraine to export grain from its ports.
“We cannot export wheat, corn, vegetable oils and other products that have played a role in stabilizing the world market,” he said in prepared remarks in a videotaped speech on the occasion of the “Time 100 Gala.”
“This means, unfortunately, that dozens of countries may face a physical shortage of food. Millions of people may starve if the Russian blockade of the Black Sea continues.”
World leaders have condemned the months-old blockade of Ukraine’s main ports by Russian forces – including Mariupol on the Sea of Azov and Odessa on the Black Sea – which has left more than 20 million tons of grain stuck in the country. The Ukrainian Navy said, on Monday, that about 30 Russian ships and submarines continue to obstruct civilian navigation in the Black Sea.
Battle of Donbass
Zelensky said the eastern city of Severodonetsk “remains the center of confrontation in the Donbass”.
“This is a very fierce, very difficult battle,” he said. “It is perhaps one of the most difficult of this entire war. I thank everyone who defends this direction. In many ways, the fate of our Donbass is decided there.”
Zelensky also said that this Wednesday, “the occupiers announced absolutely crazy news that they are preparing to unite some football clubs from all the occupied territories in a fake championship: from Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, Melitopol, Crimea and even part of Georgia.”
He called this decision a “mockery” of the Ukrainian people. Zelensky stressed that only the return of Ukraine would mean “a normal life for these regions and these cities … again. Peaceful, safe and open to the world. And of course, new matches for world-class teams in the Donbass,” Sand added.
Zelensky also thanked Polish President Andrzej Duda and Slovenian President Zuzana Šaputova for the joint initiative to start a “special trip to European countries to support the European perspective of our country.” He stated that all Ukrainian diplomats are working on this issue meticulously.
The President of Ukraine also said that on Wednesday he addressed representatives of the world’s largest investment funds at a special event and urged them to invest in Ukraine.
Zelensky spoke with “members of the leadership community of major American corporations.” He urged them to “leave the Russian market and not support this war with their taxes.” He said it was very important for him to know that these leaders support tougher sanctions against Russia.
Russia-backed leader says first grain carts leave occupied Melitopol
The leader of the Russian-backed military administration in the occupied part of the Zaporizhia region said on Wednesday that the first wagons of trains carrying Ukrainian grain from the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol had left for Crimea.
“I proudly and happily inform you that the first railway cars, 11 cars, left the Melitopol elevator with grain in the direction of Crimea,” said Eugene Palitsky on Solovyov Live, an online video platform. “It can be expected that in the near future these deliveries will increase hundreds of times.”
The official Rossiya 24 channel quoted him as saying that Palitsky expressed his hope that the grain would find its way to Turkey and the Middle East.
“We ship grain through the Russian Federation. The main contracts are concluded with Turkey. The first trains have already passed through the Crimea, and went in the direction of the Middle East,” he said, noting that “it was a traditional market for Ukraine. “
UN Secretary-General warns of ‘unprecedented wave of hunger and misery’
The United Nations Secretary-General said on Wednesday that the war in Ukraine threatens to “unleash an unprecedented wave of hunger and misery” around the world.
“For those on earth, every day brings new bloodshed and suffering,” said Antonio Guterres in New York. “And for people around the world, war, along with other crises, portends an unprecedented wave of hunger and misery, leaving behind social and economic chaos.”
This year’s crisis, he said, had to do with “lack of access”. “Next year may be due to a lack of food.”
“Make no mistake: no country or community will be affected by this cost-of-living crisis.”