Ukraine is calling for the expansion of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which established a humanitarian maritime corridor to allow ships to export grain and other foodstuffs from Ukraine.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal stated this during a joint news briefing with United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Oliva Griffiths, the CFTS portal reports, citing the Ukrinform state news agency.

"Ukraine is calling for the expansion of the grain export initiative to our other ports, particularly the ports of Mykolaiv and Olvia in the Mykolaiv region. We are counting on our partners’ support on this issue, particularly the support of the UN," Shmyhal said.

According to him, 554 vessels transporting 13.9 million tons of Ukrainian agricultural products to Asian, European, and African countries have left Ukrainian ports under the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

The prime minister emphasized that exports of Ukrainian agricultural products remain an effective mechanism for combating the global food crisis despite the war. "After all, the world market cannot replace our agricultural products in the short term," Shmyhal said.