Royal Navy warships could be rushed to Black Sea to protect ships carrying Ukrainian grain
Ukraine's allies are willing to break the Russian blockade to prevent a world food crisis
UK warships could be sent to the Ukrainian port of Odessa alongside NATO allies, to ensure a safe transit for grain exports around the world.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has halted the exporting of grains and other essential commodities from the country, accelerating an imminent global food crisis.
One third of the world's wheat and barley is exported from Ukraine and Russia combined, alongside 80 percent of the world's sunflower oil.
The UK is facing a shortage of sunflower oil with the prices of many alternative oils hiking as a result.
The Kremlin are accused of blocking large Ukrainian ports, forcing exportation of goods through its small Danube River ports or via train.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said he spoke to UK Foreign Secretary Lizz Truss about creating a "protective corridor" alongside other NATO allies from the port of Odessa.
If approved, the operation would see Royal Navy warships empty the area around the southern port of mines, reported The Times.
It is reported that long range missiles would also be deployed to deter any Russian attempts to foil the safe passage of vessels.
The blockade of Ukrainian ports has interfered with availability of affordable food staples, threatening depletion of commodities and political unrest in countries across Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
In March this year, UN food chief David Beasley alerted the UN Security Council that the war was a threat to the World Food Programme that feeds around 125 million people around the world.