Not too far from the grim war of attrition on the front line in Ukraine, a battle is being fought to supply 10% of the world’s grain. It carries with it the hopes of hungry people in Africa.

The 232-year-old port of Odesa is on the front line, amid deadly missiles, drones, mines and dwindling resources. A few summers back, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians flocked to the beaches and it was a popular stop for luxury cruises. Now the beaches are covered in landmines and the most frequent visitors are the drones...

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