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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba On Tuesday he warned nations against buying earnings from Moscow amid claims that Russian forces stole agricultural supplies and grain from occupied areas in Ukraine.
“Russian thieves steal Ukrainian grain, load it onto ships, cross the Bosphorus and try to sell it abroad”, said in reference to a Turkish strait that separates the European and Asian continent. “I ask all states to remain vigilant and reject such proposals. Do not become complicit in Russian crimes.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed this for Fox News earlier this month Russian forces were stealing his grain and export it to third countries.
Zelenskyy did not want to say which countries were involved in the illicit enterprise, but said that Kiev was in constant communication with foreign embassies in an attempt to circumvent the theft.
“They occupy our ports and take our goods out,” he said. “I don’t want to name specific countries that – behind our back – are making these agreements”.
Zelenskyy said these nations openly supported Ukraine in its war against Russia and condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deadly war. But he said they are also negotiating with Moscow to buy grain stolen from Ukraine in an attempt to secure a “lower” price.
UN officials have sounded the alarm that the Russian war and blockade on Ukrainian Black Sea ports will have a devastating effect on global food supplies.
Before the war, Ukraine was responsible for a major contribution 10 percent to the global grain market.
While it is unclear how exactly Moscow’s grain exports could be affected by war and international sanctions, Russia was also responsible for another 20% of global exports, meaning 30% of world supplies of wheat could be in danger in 2022.
Russia not only has been pummeling Ukraine for more than three months, but has essentially imposed a trade blockade from the Black Sea.
“It’s a no-go zone for commercial shipping,” General Mark Milley told reporters Monday. “Many countries in the world depend on Ukrainian wheat.
“Odesa is an important port for Ukraine. It is their access to the sea and the outside world, and it becomes a significant vehicle through which grain, for example, is exported and other goods leaving Ukraine,” he explained. . “Because of the mines, the Russian fleet, the associated risks, this hasn’t happened here for almost 90 days.”
Milley said it is unclear when Ukrainian ports could reopen.
The general said there is a “standoff” in the Black Sea between Ukrainian and Russian forces as Kiev continues its attempts to prevent Moscow from successfully launching a ground attack on Odesa.