Diplomats seek resumption of grain shipments from Ukraine

Farmers in Ukraine work in what has been called the "breadbasket of Europe." But now, many of them are looking into their fields of grain and seeing risks. The Russian invasion has stopped the flow of vital food supplies.

Ukrainian leaders have accused the Russians of blocking grain shipments out of ports on the Black Sea. The Russians say Ukrainian mines have made potential shipments too dangerous.

Turkish diplomats are working on a solution. They invited Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday to discuss a plan to resume shipments.

Lavrov said that if the Ukrainian side can remove the mines or ensure safe shipments in the area, he expects the issue could be solved.

He said that he and other Russian leaders have guaranteed the safety of ships leaving port. United Nations officials are trying to map out a sea corridor.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the plan is reasonable and could be implemented. He added, however, that both Russia and Ukraine must accept it.

Ukrainian diplomats say they will reject any proposals that don't take their interests into account.

They have seen Russian troops press ahead with their offensive in the east. The fighting has driven up prices for food and put global supplies at risk.