The European Commission will provide Ukraine with €50 million to repair port infrastructure damaged by Russian shelling, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has said in a letter to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. She published this document on her page on the social network X.
Von der Leyen welcomed the opening of the Black Sea humanitarian corridor, which allowed for the continuation of maritime exports. Therefore, to "support these efforts, the Commission is making available €50 million of funds towards quick repairs and upgrades of infrastructure in Ukraine's ports", her message reads.
According to Ursula von der Leyen, over time, this investment should allow Ukraine's ports to return to export quantities that were in place before the war.
The letter states that Ukraine exported 4.6 million tonnes of grain in October 2023. Of these, 3.6 million tonnes were shipped by vessels, and one million by rail and trucks.
This week Russia fired Kh-31P missiles at Odesa Region. There was a hit to the port infrastructure.