Latest World News: Wheat prices rise again as Russia destroys Ukraine’s last

The drone attack which injured seven people is a continuation of the airstrike Russia launched last week after it withdrew from the Black Sea grain deal. This comes amid a sharp rise in global wheat and corn futures.

On July 24, Russia destroyed Ukrainian grain warehouses on the Danube; these would be the last remaining export routes for the war-torn nation’s grain supply.

The drone attack which injured seven people is a continuation of the airstrike launched by Russia last week after its withdrawal from the Black Sea grain agreement. This comes amid a sharp rise in global wheat and corn futures.

According to the latest figures, soaring wheat prices have jumped 6% (13% on the week), while maize prices have jumped 5% (10% on the week) since the attack. According to figures from the European Stock Exchange, wheat prices rose 8.2% on July 20, while corn prices rose 5.4%.

The latest Russian attacks have mainly targeted the seaports of Odessa, but the last strikes before dawn have destroyed infrastructure along the Danube, which is an alternative export route vital for Kiev to ensure the safety of grain exports. “Russian terrorists again attacked the Odessa region overnight. Port infrastructure on the Danube is the target this time,” regional governor Oleh Kiper wrote on social media.

According to global media, three-grain warehouses were destroyed in the Danube port city of Reni in the attack involving around 15 drones. The port of Reni, a major transport hub, looks across the Danube to Romania, a member of NATO and the European Union.

Since Russia’s large-scale invasion in February last year, Ukraine has increased its grain exports overland via the European Union to around one million tonnes a month, with large volumes being exported from Romanian ports and along the Danube.

These bombardments will likely make it more difficult to supply grain used for livestock, in addition to affecting the flours and oils that depend on Ukrainian grain. It may also have a negative effect on the current global food crisis in some countries that are already experiencing the effects of El Niño on agricultural production.

(With contributions from Reuters)

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