Since the beginning of the War, Ukraine and Russia have agreed to let grain shipments travel through their shared body of water, The Back Sea. Yesterday President Putin failed to renew the deal, immediately halting all grain trade from Ukraine.

This aggressive political move will hurt the rest of the world. Still, most importantly, Ukrainian grain is sent to some of the most food-insecure countries, including Ethiopia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti.

It is a cruel move from the Russians that may turn neutral parties into Ukrainian allies.

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Produced By: Dominic Giles

Featured In Story: Tim Harcourt Industry Professor and Chief Economist at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance University of Technology Sydney

First aired on The Wire, Wednesday 19 July 2023