Military patrol: Kiev wants joint patrol of Black Sea countries for grain distribution: Presidency – Times of India

Kyiv is looking for a joint military patrol among black sea country To continue grain exports Mykhailo Podolyak, an aide to Ukraine’s president, told AFP on Wednesday that Russia would leave its ports after Russia pulled out of an accord that ensured the safety of cargo ships.
“Negotiations are underway at all levels,” Podolyak said in an interview. “It should be added here the UN mandate to create a military patrol that would include countries in contact with the region, for example Turkey, Bulgaria or any Other.”
The senior official also told AFP news agency that Ukraine’s military needed an additional 300 armored vehicles and dozens of F-16 fighter jets to accelerate efforts to take over Russian forces in the country’s south and east.
“Of course, we need additional armored vehicles – first of all two to three hundred tanks. We need 60 to 80 F-16 aircraft to thoroughly cover the skies, especially in the area near the front.”
“Undoubtedly, this operation will be quite difficult, long and will take a long time. But, meanwhile, Russia does not have the means to initiate. This is already clear,” the official said. Mykhailo Podolyak said.
Any deal with Russia to end the war in Ukraine would “destroy” Kiev’s state status as Moscow “hated” Ukraine and wanted to recreate the Soviet Union, presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak told AFP. told.
“No compromise exists for us because Russia hates us, it has come to destroy the concept of Ukrainian statehood,” Podolyak said. He added, “Either way the agreement will lead to the gradual loss of Ukraine and its state status” and “the return of the Soviet Union”.
Kiev said on Wednesday that Ukraine is setting up a temporary shipping route to maintain grain shipments after Russia abandoned a deal allowing Ukrainian exports through a UN-backed safe corridor in the Black Sea.
Russia attacked Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa for a second night in a row on Tuesday after abandoning the deal on Monday, including revoking Moscow’s guarantees of safe navigation.
In an official letter submitted to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations shipping agency, on 18 July, Ukraine said it had “decided to establish a recommended sea route on a temporary basis”.
“Its goal is to facilitate the unblocking of international shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea.” Vasil ShkurakovActing Minister of Development of Communities, Regions and Infrastructure of Ukraine said in the letter.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Ukraine has said the Black Sea grain agreement could continue without Russian involvement, and that Ukraine is working on options to maintain its commitments on food supplies.
The United Nations said on Tuesday that “a number of ideas are emerging” to help bring Ukrainian and Russian grain and fertilizer to global markets.
Ukraine said in a letter to the IMO that it has created a “mechanism” to provide “guarantees of compensation for damage caused as a result of the Russian Federation’s armed aggression” to charterers, ship operators and ship owners.
It added that the offer will be made when commercial vessels are in the territorial waters of Ukraine or when such vessels are heading to or leaving the country’s open sea ports for cargo transportation.
Still, since Russia’s move to pull out of the deal, insurers are reviewing their appetite for covering ships in Ukraine.
Policy broker Marsh told Reuters on Tuesday that a cargo insurance facility that provided cover for shipments through the previous corridor deal has been suspended.
Norwegian shipping insurance group DNK, which provides war risk policies, told news agency Reuters on Wednesday that it is currently unable to provide cover for Ukraine because the grain corridor deal was suspended.
Additional war risk insurance premiums, which are charged when entering the Black Sea region, needed to be renewed every seven days.
Their cost is already in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and is expected to rise, while shipowners may prove reluctant to allow their ships to enter the war zone without Russia’s consent. There is also a danger of mines floating.
An insurance industry source said, “In this situation, now each underwriter will want to take responsibility for his position, his rates and his underwriting.”
“It will fall short when the premium is sufficiently large and the risk is deemed to be bearable.”
(with inputs from agencies)