The Telegraph

As Russia threatens Crimea, one of the Ukraine’s main export routes for the millions of tonnes of grain the country exports every year, there is more at stake than regional sovereignty.

The cost of the loaves on our tables could shoot up should supplies from Europe’s breadbasket be effectively choked off in the Crimea’s strategic port of Sevastopol or the Black Sea port of Odessa, experts have warned. Ukraine is of vital importance to global food supply, ranking only behind the US by some estimates in global grain production.

However, the Ukraine’s grain has the shortest distance to travel on average before it is shipped to international markets, making it especially critical to meeting short-term global food supply.

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