Tue Dec 16, 2014 08:19 AM CST

MOSCOW (Dow Jones) -- Ukraine's grain exports are up 7% from a year earlier, despite predictions that the country's harvest would fall because of the current political instability, the agriculture ministry said Tuesday.

Ukraine exported 17.087 million metric tons of grain from the start of the marketing year on July 1 and Dec. 15. The ministry said the total amount of export to date included 7.737 million tons of wheat, 3.492 million tons of barley and 5.668 million tons of corn.

The largest importers of Ukrainian grain during the period were: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Spain, Iran and Turkey.

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