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Pope urges Ukraine to lift ban on wheat

Pope Francis has appealed to authorities to lift a block on exports of wheat from Ukraine, saying the grain could not be used as a “weapon of war”.

The Pope said many people from the poorest countries in the world depend on wheat from Ukraine and called for the removal of the restriction.

“I make a heartfelt appeal so that every effort is made to resolve this problem, to guarantee the universal right to nutrition. Please! Do not use wheat, a basic foodstuff, as a weapon of war. Pope Francis stated.

Reuters reports that Ukraine is desperately trying to export its vast stores of grain by road, river and rail to help avert the crisis.

Editing by Marian Benjamin