The Russians have already stolen several hundred thousand tons of Ukrainian grain – Ministry of Agrarian Policy
The Russian invaders have already exported several hundred thousand tons of grain from the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.
Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Taras Vysotskyi announced this during a nationwide telethon on Ukrainian TV channels, Ukrinform reports, referring to the ministry’s statement. page on Facebook.
“The Russians are using the tactics of the early 20th century to steal grain and export it from Ukraine. Today we confirmed the facts that several hundred thousand tons of grain have already been exported from the Kherson regions, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk and Donetsk,” he said. .
According to Vysotskyi, there are about 1.5 million tons of grain in these territories in accumulated agricultural stocks for sowing and processing (for making flour, baking bread).
“This is a large stock. At international prices, it costs hundreds of millions of dollars. And there is a great risk that it will simply be stolen and taken away for the benefit of Russia,” said the deputy minister.
As reported, the website of the Legislative Assembly of Krasnoyarsk Krai of the Russian Federation published a text about plans for the “expropriation of the surplus crop of farmers of the Kherson region”.
Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova said the Russian aggressors were exporting grain and foodstuffs from the temporarily occupied territories.
In this regard, Ukraine demands that Russia put an end to illegal grain theft, unblock Ukrainian ports, restore freedom of navigation and allow the passage of merchant ships, and calls on the international community to strengthen economic sanctions in order to end Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine.