Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Africa is being held “hostage” by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has spurred fears of a food crisis on the continent.
Moscow’s offensive has seen it blockade Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, preventing the country’s grain exports from reaching global markets.
“Africa is actually a hostage. It is a hostage of those who unleashed war against our state,” Zelenskyy said during an address to the African Union delivered via video link.
He added Kyiv was currently engaged in “complex negotiations” to release its ports from Russia’s blockade.
“But there is no progress yet … That is why the global food crisis will continue as long as this colonial war continues,” Zelenskyy said.