Ukraine warns against buying stolen grain from Russia amid global food shortages

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned countries on Tuesday against buying gains from Moscow amid allegations that Russian forces stole agricultural supplies and grain from occupied areas of Ukraine.

“Russian thieves steal Ukrainian grain, load it on ships, pass through the Bosphorus, and try to sell it abroad.” He said in the sign To a narrow Turkish strait separating the European continent and the Asian continent. I call on all States to be vigilant and to reject any such proposals. Do not become accomplices in Russian crimes.

A wheat warehouse belonging to Ivan Kelgan, head of the village of the Regional Agricultural Association, in the village of Luki, western Ukraine, on March 25, 2022.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed to Fox News earlier this month that Russian forces were stealing their grain and exporting it to third countries.

Zelensky did not mention the countries involved in the illegal project, but said Kyiv was in constant contact with foreign embassies in an attempt to circumvent the theft.

“They are occupying our ports and taking our goods,” he said. “I don’t want to mention specific countries that – behind our backs – are doing these deals.”

Zelensky claimed that these countries openly supported Ukraine in its war against Russia and condemned the bloody war waged by Russian President Vladimir Putin. But he claimed that they are also negotiating with Moscow to buy the stolen Ukrainian grain in a bid to secure a “cheaper” price.

United Nations officials have sounded the alarm that the Russian war and blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports will have a devastating effect on the global food supply.

Russian Navy ships dock in a bay in the port of Sevastopol on the Black Sea in Crimea on May 8, 2014.

Russian Navy ships dock in a bay in the port of Sevastopol on the Black Sea in Crimea on May 8, 2014.
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Before the war, Ukraine was responsible for contributing more than 10 percent to the world wheat market.

Although it is unclear how Moscow’s wheat exports might be affected by the war and international sanctions, Russia has also been responsible for another 20 percent of global exports – meaning that 30 percent of the world’s wheat supply could be at risk in 2022.

Not only did Russia strike Ukraine for more than three months, but it essentially imposed a trade embargo from the Black Sea.

“It’s a no-frills area,” General Mark Milley told reporters Monday. “Many countries of the world depend on Ukrainian grain.

People watch smoke rise into the air after a bombing in Odessa, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022.

People watch smoke rise into the air after a bombing in Odessa, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022.
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“Odessa is a major port of Ukraine. It is their means of access to the sea and the outside world, and it becomes an important means through which grain, for example, and other goods are exported out of Ukraine,” he explained. “Because of the mines, because of the Russian fleet, because of the dangers associated with it, this has not happened here now for about 90 days.”

Milley said it was still not clear when Ukraine’s ports could reopen.

The general said that there is an “stalemate” in the Black Sea between Ukrainian and Russian forces as Kyiv continues its attempts to prevent Moscow from launching a successful ground offensive on Odessa.

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