500,000 tons of Ukrainian grain taken by Russian troops

500,000 tons of Ukrainian grain taken by Russian troops

 Ukraine claims Russian troops have stolen about half a million tonnes of grain from its territory.
This was announced by the First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Taras Vysotskyi who stated that about 500,000 tons of grain from the cities of Kherson, Zaporizhia, Luhansk, Donetsk and Kharkiv, had been taken by Russian troops.

“We saw that about half a million tonnes of wheat had been stolen. There is evidence of all the temporarily occupied territories, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Luhansk, Donetsk and Kharkiv. Cargoes are brought to Russia, mainly from Kharkiv, Donetsk, Luhansk regions, or via temporarily occupied Crimea, from the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions," Vysotskyi said, quoted from the Ukrinform website.

Vysotskyi also expressed concern that Russia would be able to take Ukraine's upcoming winter harvest.
Vysotskyi also expressed concern that Russia would be able to take Ukraine's upcoming winter harvest.
"We hope that before the start of the harvest season, which will start in the southern region in just a few weeks, we can still win and occupy this region," he added.

Taras Vysotskyi added that Russian troops initially tried to sell stolen wheat to Egypt and Lebanon, but neither country was willing to buy the grain. It was recently reported that a Russian ship carrying Ukrainian grain was spotted off Syrian territory.

Vysotskyi said Ukraine is continuing to discuss with the United Nations (UN), the European Union, Britain, the United States and other grain importing countries, on solutions for exporting Ukrainian foodstuffs.
According to Vysotskyi, one way to resume Ukrainian exports is through ports with the help of naval convoys.
Another option for safely recovering Ukrainian exports is to provide Ukraine with anti-ship weapons that can be used against the Russian navy blocking trade routes in the Black Sea.

Meanwhile, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the Russian Federation had blocked Ukrainian ports, halting grain exports and threatening starvation throughout the region.
But Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated that Russia is willing to discuss ways to allow Ukraine to resume shipping grain supplies from its ports.

During phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin said Russia was willing to help identify alternatives to unrestricted Ukrainian grain exports, including grain shipments via Black Sea ports.


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