Investigation reveals allegations of Russian Ukrainian grain smuggling

Satellite images and GPS data indicate that Russia may be exporting grain smuggled from occupied Ukrainian territory. BBC And that Financial Times I made it clear.

Russia has been accused by Western nations of targeting the country’s grain storage facilities and blocking exports of the Black Sea for using food as a weapon in the war with Ukraine.

Financial Times That analysis said According to satellite photographs and port record results, Russia exported about 140,000 tonnes of grain from the Crimean Peninsula to Syria and Turkey in eight shipments in May.

This figure shows that grain exports at licensed Crimean ports have increased out of season compared to the previous year.

The publication also plunders, such as ships turning off transponders in violation of international law, using ship-to-ship transfers at sea, and forging documents to hide the source of cargo. Tracked activity consistent with smuggling goods.

However, he emphasized that there is no solid evidence that the tracked vessel was carrying grain stolen from occupied Ukrainian territory.

In a similar survey Release Earlier this week, the BBC monitored a stolen grain truck equipped with a GPS tracker when traveling to Crimea in early June.

According to satellite images, one grain terminal at the port of Crimea in Sevastopol processed much higher levels of cargo during June than in the previous year, the BBC reported.

Another survey by BBC Russian and Ukrainian services clearly Ukrainian farmers in the occupied territories were also forced to sell grain to Russia at knockdown prices.

Authorities set up by Moscow on occupied Ukrainian territory publication At the beginning of June, rail cars carrying Ukrainian grain departed for Crimea from the region.

However, the Kremlin repeatedly denied smuggling of grain from the occupied Ukrainian territory and urged the Western government to lift economic sanctions on Moscow in order for Russian troops to lift the blockade of the Black Sea.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Russia and Ukraine accounted for more than 25% of international grain exports in 2021.

Millions of tonnes of leftover grain fuel hunger and food price concerns in import-dependent countries in Africa and the Middle East. Investigation reveals allegations of Russian Ukrainian grain smuggling

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