The US is working with Ukraine on a "Plan B" for the export of grain exports

18:32 25 July Kyiv, Ukraine

After the Russian attack on Odessa, the US and Ukraine are working on a "Plan B" to get grain exports out of the country.


This was told to CNN by the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power.
 
"Plan B" includes road, rail and river transport, sending barges and adjusting rail systems to better align with European ones so exports can move faster," Power said.
 
"We are sticking to the contingency plan because you can't trust everything Vladimir Putin says," she added.
 
Power said she hopes the "grain deal" will survive despite Russia's move to "turn its back immediately" by bombing the port.
 
Ensuring grain supplies will help keep prices down, Power added.

On Friday, an "agreement" was signed in Istanbul to export Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea after months of tense negotiations brokered by Turkey and the UN.

However, the very next day, Russia launched a missile attack on the port of Odessa, where grain stocks are stored in warehouses.

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink called the missile attack on the port of Odessa unacceptable, saying the Kremlin continues to use food as a weapon.