Russia’s blockade of Ukraine ‘will trigger world food crisis’

Tens of millions of tonnes of grain from Ukraine could be lost due to Russia’s blockade of Black Sea ports, triggering a food crisis that will affect Europe, Asia and Africa, President Zelensky has warned.

‘Russia does not let ships come in or go out,’ the Ukrainian leader told Australia’s 60 Minutes TV programme.

‘Russia wants to completely block our country’s economy.’

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa are heavily dependent on the grain, which accounts for about 10% of global wheat supplies.

Ukraine is also the world’s largest producer of sunflower oil.

The diminishing supplies of cooking oil coming out of the war-torn country has created big problems for supermarkets across the UK.

Tesco has introduced a limit of three bottles per customer, while Waitrose and Morrisons have limited purchases to just two items each.

Iceland supermarkets have gone even further, rationing sunflower oil sales to just one bottle per customer.

Recent data showed cooking oil was one of a range of food staples to have its price shoot up.

The price of cooking oils and fats went up 7% and is nearly a quarter more expensive than a year ago.

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