With the possibility of Ukranian ports opening up, NDSU Extension Crops Marketing Economist Frayne Olson is monitoring the discussion between Russia, Turkey and United Nations. “Some of the ports, like Mariupol, are controlled by the Russians. There’s been a lot of damage to the port facilities themselves. Even though this port is listed as a possible alternative port, it’s unlikely,” said Olson. “Can we get vessels loaded and at what port? Then, how can we get those vessels through the areas of the biggest armed conflict and protect them?” A Ukranian agriculture official said even if the blockade is lifted, Ukraine needs six months to remove mines from the Black Sea ports.
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