European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that since Russia’s withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative agreement, it has bombed Ukrainian ports and burned large amounts of grain, and that the latest developments “will lead to a major food crisis.”

Speaking to reporters before the meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Borrell said that the situation in Ukraine is one of the main issues on the agenda.

Claiming that the Russian army had been bombing infrastructure in Ukraine’s Odessa port over the past few days, burning 60,000 tons of grain, Borrell said: “Russia didn’t just pull out of the grain agreement. They also burn grain.” said.

Calling Russia’s actions “barbaric,” Borrell said, “It will cause a major food crisis in the world.” He said.

EU demands 20 billion euros of support from Ukraine

Noting that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba would also join the meeting via videoconference, Borrell said they would discuss how to support Ukraine in the long term.

Borrell said that the European Peace Fund, which is used for military support to Ukraine, should be increased “by a very serious amount”, that he had prepared a plan for this and hoped that the ministers would approve it.

Borrell, who did not elaborate on the numbers on the proposal he prepared and said it must first get ministerial approval, said: “Ukraine needs long-term structural and continuous support, not month by month.” used the phrase.

It has been claimed in the international press that the EU is preparing to provide Ukraine with 20 billion euros in additional funding for long-term military support.

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