Russian forces are depriving Ukrainian farmers in the temporarily occupied territories and they are stealing agricultural products which amounts to millions of tonnes.
High-level security officials from the Russia along with the involvement of collaborators are responsible and the harvest is confiscated through robbery, fraud and coercion, the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Mykola Solsky said.
He said, “Last year, in the territories that are now occupied, the harvest in total was about 20 million tonnes of grain and oilseeds.
“These regions traditionally had a lot of winter wheat and barley, which were among the first harvested in Ukraine in the summer.
“This means that the volume of abuse there is estimated at millions of tonnes. These are crimes of a different nature, but in any case, theft.”
The US will then send the wheat to countries who are the most vulnerable in terms of food security, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said.
“The United States will contribute $68 million to the World Food Program to purchase Ukrainian wheat to address the acute global food crisis.
“We are committed to maintaining global food security for the most vulnerable and urge all countries to follow suit,” Blinken said on Twitter on Wednesday.