On April 13, 2021, Ukraine and Turkey announced that the wartime deal allowing for the shipment of grain from Ukrainian ports had been extended. The deal was first signed in October of 2020 and allowed for the shipment of up to 500,000 tons of grain from Ukrainian ports to Turkey. The agreement was set to expire on April 30, 2021, but has now been extended for another three months. The agreement is seen as an important step in strengthening economic and political ties between the two countries. It is also expected to boost Ukraine’s grain exports, which have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.