Russian troops are transporting crops stolen from Ukraine to Russian territory, to Crimea and to dry cargo ships in the Mediterranean Sea, from where they will most likely be transported to Syria, the main intelligence department of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reports on Tuesday, May 10.
“It is now known that a significant part of grain stolen from Ukraine is located on dry cargo ships under the Russian flag in the Mediterranean Sea. The most likely country of destination of the cargo is Syria. From there, grain can be smuggled to other countries in the Middle East,” the statement says. in an intelligence message.
Russian troops are also preparing to transport grain and sunflower seeds from the Zaporozhye region to the Russian Federation, intelligence reported. According to the Ukrainian military, a convoy of Russian trucks loaded with grain seized from the region’s storage facilities left for Crimea.
Grain from the Kharkiv region is also exported towards the Russian border, another 1,500 tons of grain were exported from the Kherson region to the Crimea, intelligence reports. In addition to grain, Russian troops are transporting “large volumes of vegetables stolen in Ukraine – beets, potatoes, cabbage” to Crimea, according to the Ukrainian military.
Russia exports Ukrainian harvest for sale
Ukrainian media have repeatedly reported that Russia is stealing agricultural equipment and thousands of tons of grain from Ukrainian farmers in the occupied areas. About this also with reference to sources wrote to CNN. This process has intensified in recent weeks against the background of the strengthening of Russian troops in the rich agricultural Kherson and Zaporozhye regions in the south of the country, the channel noted.
According to the Kyiv School of Economics, the day before Russian invasion 6 million tons of wheat and 15 million tons of corn were ready for export from Ukraine, most of which were located in the south of the country.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia plans to sell grain exported from Ukraineand has already found buyers for it. “I don’t want to say this now. I don’t want to name specific countries that conclude agreements behind our backs in order to buy from Russia our crops that were stolen from Ukraine. We have the names of these states,” Zelensky said in an interview with Fox News.
The threat of world hunger due to war
Before the war, Ukraine was one of the world’s largest producers of wheat and corn. In 2020, the country harvested 30 million tons of corn and about 25 million tons of wheat. Many countries of North Africa depended on grain exports from Ukraine.
Due to the Russian invasion, Ukrainian ports ended up with blocked almost 4.5 million tons of grainsaid Martin Frick, Director of the United Nations World Food Program in Germany.
International organizations and country leaders warned that because of the war in Ukraine, a real crisis could arise in the world. the threat of food shortage. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could leave up to 1.7 billion peopleUN Secretary General António Guterres warned.