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Zelenskiy celebrates grain deal extension for Ukraine

STORY: The deal aimed at easing global food shortages by helping Ukraine export its agricultural products from Black Sea ports was extended, though Russia said its own demands were yet to be fully addressed.

Zelenskiy said that since Aug 1, more than 450 ships had carried 11 million tonnes (12 million U.S. tons) of Ukrainian grain and other foodstuffs around the world.

"Tens of millions of people, primarily in African countries, have been saved from starvation ... food prices are significantly lower than they would be without our food exports," he said in a video address.

The agreement, initially reached in July, created a protected transit corridor and was designed to alleviate shortages by allowing exports to resume from three ports in Ukraine, a major producer of grains and oilseeds.