U.N. warns people will starve if Ukraine's Black Sea ports are not re-opened soon

The UN World Food Programme says that people around the world will starve if Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea aren't reopened soon, the BBC reports.

"We have to open up these ports so that food can move in and out of Ukraine. The world demands it because hundreds of millions of people globally depend on these supplies," WFP Executive Director David Beasley said. "Right now Ukraine's grain silos are full."

The WFP is concerned that if the silos aren't emptied soon there will be nowhere to store this summer's harvest, causing massive waste and further driving up global food prices.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 25 million tonnes of grain are currently stuck in Ukraine while its Black Sea ports are closed.

Since February the country, one of the world's top maize and wheat producers, has been limited to exporting grain by train.

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