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Ukraine grain exports fall 47% so far in June year on year, ministry says

KYIV, June 9 (Reuters) - Ukrainian grain exports almost halved in the first seven days in June compared to the same period in 2021 to 252,000 tonnes, the agriculture ministry's data showed on Thursday.

The volumes included 225,000 tonnes of corn, 17,000 tonnes of wheat and 9,000 tonnes of barley, the data showed.

Ukraine exported up to 6 million tonnes of grain a month before Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24. Moscow calls its action a special military operation.

Volumes have since fallen to about 1 million tonnes as Ukraine, which used to export most of its goods through seaports, has been forced to transport grain by train via its western border or via its small Danube river ports.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday that millions of people could starve because of Russia's blockade of Ukraine's Black Sea ports.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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