Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak held the first meeting of the working group formed by the decree of the Head of State on November 3, 2022, to prepare proposals for providing assistance to states suffering from an acute food crisis.
"Today, it is Ukraine that is the main force that helps fight the food crisis created as a result of Russia's aggression against Ukraine. This shows that even in such terrible conditions, our country continues to be responsible, continues to think not only about itself, but also about the people who are suffering in the world today as a result of this war," Andriy Yermak emphasized.
According to him, at today's meeting of the working group, the first developments regarding the humanitarian supply of Ukrainian grain to the countries that need it the most are outlined.
The Head of the President's Office reminded that in November it will be 90 years since the Holodomor tragedy of 1932-1933 - the genocide of the Ukrainian people. Therefore, the Ukrainian nation has personally experienced what hunger is like, and understands the importance of implementing this initiative.
"It is symbolic that these days we are reminding the world of this tragedy, and we do not want something similar to happen again with other nations," Andriy Yermak said.
According to him, Ukraine seeks to involve international partners in the implementation of this initiative, relevant consultations have already begun.
As Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov noted, with the beginning of Russia's full-scale aggression against Ukraine, the world realized the important role played by Ukrainian grain in stabilizing the world food market. In particular, obstacles created by Russia in the export of Ukrainian grain cause fluctuations in the price of grain on the world market.
He stated: many countries, even with a working grain corridor, cannot afford to buy grain for their needs, therefore the humanitarian initiative of the President of Ukraine is necessary.
Deputy Head of the Office of the President Andriy Sybiha noted: Russia has undermined global food security, but despite its full-scale aggression, Ukraine is still ready to be and acts as a guarantor of food security in the world.
Summarizing, the Head of the President's Office emphasized that Ukraine is ready to help even at a time when it itself continues to fight the enemy and defend its independence and territorial integrity. "Today, the world must understand that Ukraine continues to fight, but also saves the world," Andriy Yermak said.