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Ukraine Crop Corridor Almost Empty as Russia Exit Threat Looms

  • Just seven outbound vessels are left in safe passage, UN says
  • Without corridor, Ukraine can’t meet its crop-export potential
Grain Shipments in Black Sea Port of Constanta
Photographer: Andrei Pungovsch/Bloomberg

Only seven crop vessels remain in the Ukraine crop corridor as Russia threatens to exit the grain pact later this week, bringing traffic grinding to a halt.

No fresh inbound ships have cleared inspection through the corridor in more than a week, after a disagreement between parties at the Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul that’s tasked with checking all boats. That’s left only a trickle of outbound traffic transiting the safe passage, lineups posted by the United Nations show.