Putin's cruel plot to 'STARVE poor' in Black Sea blockade stopping Ukraine grain export

Date:

Share post:

[ad_1]

The MoD warned that Ukraine’s exports would likely drop by two-thirds compared to last year, which is likely to send soaring grain prices even higher. Before the war Ukraine was one of the world’s top exporters of wheat and sunflower seeds – used to make vital cooking oil – in the world.

After a humiliating withdrawal from Snake Island, the scene of the now famous defiance by Ukrainian defenders which saw one soldier tell a Russian warship to “go f*** yourself”, Moscow has claimed the ball is in Ukraine’s court to export the much needed harvest to the world.

However, the MoD said that with Russian forces continuing to blockade Ukraine’s major port city of Odessa, the country would likely only be able to export just one-third of its agricultural products.

The MoD said: “With harvest underway, Russia’s invasion continues to have a devastating impact on Ukraine’s agricultural sector. The war has caused major disruption to the supply chains of seed and fertiliser which Ukrainian farmers rely on.

“Russia’s blockade of Odesa continues to severely constrain Ukraine’s grain exports. Because of this, Ukraine’s agricultural exports in 2022 are unlikely to be more than 35% of the 2021 total.

“Following its retreat from the Black Sea outpost of Snake Island, Russia misleadingly claimed that ‘the ball is now in Ukraine’s court’ in relation to improving grain exports.

“In reality, it is Russia’s disruption of Ukraine’s agricultural sector which continues to exacerbate the global food crisis.”

There have been fears of a growing global food crisis as together Russia and Ukraine make up one-third of the world’s wheat export, crucially, Russia is also a top exporter of fertiliser which the world’s farmers need to grow their crops.

Although the West has hit Russia with devastating sanctions, these do not include the export of food and fertiliser products, according to US officials.

Speaking to reporters last month, U.S. State Department Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Assistant Secretary, Ramin Toloui said: “Nothing is stopping Russia from exporting its grain or fertiliser except for its own policies and actions.”

He claimed that the US fully supported a UN effort to open Ukrainian ports and facilitate Russian exports.

READ MORE: Brexit POLL: Should a second referendum be made illegal?

The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) said it was serving the greatest number of people in its 60-plus year history and that this year would bring “catastrophic hunger” and “unprecedented [food assistance] needs”.

Russia has blamed Ukraine for the shortage, claiming they are willing to allow Ukrainian shipments through their Black Sea blockade. However, Ukraine is reluctant to de-mine its major port of Odessa for fear of a Russian amphibious assault there.

There have also been reports of Russia stealing Ukrainian grain and Ukraine has accused Russia of sending the country’s wheat to its ally Syria.

An estimated 20million tonnes of grain are believed to be stuck in Ukraine.



[ad_2]

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

spot_img

Related articles

Selena Gomez, 30, says ‘I’m a little big’ as she hits back at Golden Globe outfit trolls

Selena, 30, hit back at online trolls who wrote nasty comments about her weight, despite oozing confidence...

Dancing On Ice’s Ekin-Su details ‘supportive’ gestures from partner Davide

“It's great, I’m happy I’m doing it, no regrets at all, see you later to the curse!”Ekin...

Kate wore stunning full length gown with a trendy twist – shows off her enviable legs

The royal turned heads in a silver chain with lots of geometric shapes attached to it, and...

Nick Kyrgios risks trouble with Aussie police after scooter ride before Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios could find himself in hot water ahead of the Australian Open after he was pictured riding an e-scooter...