Ukraine minister accuses Russia of stealing 'several hundred thousands tonnes' of grain from areas of the country it controls
Russiawas accused of stealing large amounts of grainfrom Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine.
- Reuters reported that the Kremlin denied allegations of grain
theftcommitted by Russian forces.
Russia has been accused of stealing "several hundred thousand tonnes" of grain in parts of Ukraine it controls
Reuters reported the
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry first made the claim on Thursday in a tweet. "We demand that Russia stop illicit grain stealing, unblock Ukrainian ports, restore freedom of navigation, and allow trade ships to pass," it said.
It added that the looting of grain stands to worsen "the world's food security."
Ukraine is suffering from a growing
Reuters reported that the grain theft is occurring in the
The Kremlin denied accusations that Russian forces committed any acts of theft, saying it was unaware of the source of the information.
According to Ukraine's agriculture minister, Mykola Solskyi, grain theft has increased in the past two weeks, per Reuters. "I personally hear this from many silo owners in the occupied territory. This is outright robbery. And this is happening everywhere in occupied territory," Solskyi said.
In recent weeks, there have been reports that a global famine could arise from Russia's war with Ukraine. Germany's agricultural minister urged Western nations to increase arms to the war-stricken country to avert the possibility of such a crisis.
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