Russian ships carrying stolen Ukrainian grains are likely headed to Syria, Kyiv says
- Stolen Ukrainian grains on Russian-flagged ships are likely headed to Syria, Kyiv said.
Ukrainepredicted the grain will then be distributed to the broader Middle East.
Russian-flagged ships carrying stolen Ukrainian grains are likely headed to Syria before the cargoes then move on to other destinations in the Middle East, the government in Kyiv said.
In social media posts, Ministry of Defense intelligence officials also said
Egypt in the past week has already turned away two Russian vessels with stolen Ukrainian
The moves mark an escalation in Russia's campaign to cripple vital sectors of Ukraine's economy. Russia has blockaded Black Sea ports, a crucial avenue for Ukraine to import agricultural supplies and to export its farm products. Ukraine exported $28 billion worth of food in 2021, and the sector makes up 10% of Kyiv's total gross domestic product.
But only so much can be transported by rail, for example, limiting potential food exports to 1.1 million tons of grain per month, which is far below the 25 million tons that Ukraine needs to release.
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