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Odesa grain market operations hampered by Russian attacks — Ukrzaliznytsia

Air strikes and missile attacks near Odesa Oblast significantly slowed grain exports by rail
Air strikes and missile attacks near Odesa Oblast significantly slowed grain exports by rail

Grain market participants and freight forwarders have faced around five days of unloading delays caused by ongoing air raid alerts in Odesa Oblast in recent weeks, Valerii Tkachov, Ukrzaliznytsia’s Deputy Commercial Director, said during a meeting with grain market stakeholders, Interfax-Ukraine reported on March 29.

"If we multiply this by the average daily unloading volume, we can see that the losses amount to approximately 7,000 railcars," Tkachov said.

Disruptions at Odesa ports led to a 6.9-fold increase in railcar accumulation, totaling 8,772 units, he said.

Tkachov reported a decrease in the average daily unloading volume of grains at Odesa ports by 41 railcars, down to 1,408 units per day, over the past week.

Grain unloading at Danube ports also decreased by seven railcars to 102 units per day. The queue in this direction decreased from 658 to 511 railcars loaded with grain.

Russia launched several powerful missile strikes on Odesa on March 6, during the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and carried out a deadly "double-tap" attack on March 15, killing 21 and injuring over 70 people, damaging 64 and destroying four buildings. Russia also launched a ballistic strike on the city on March 25.

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