Russia's attacks on Ukraine's export routes and facilities threaten wheat production and global food security
Why it matters
The pillaging of Ukrainian grain by Russia threatens Ukraine's ability to meet domestic and export demand for wheat, impacting global food security. The scale of Russian grain theft in occupied Ukraine constitutes war crimes of starvation and pillage, further exacerbating the global food crisis. The evidence of pre-planning and coordination by Russia highlights the severity of the situation and the need for international attention and action.
What the papers say
The Independent says that Ukraine may not be able to meet domestic and export demand for wheat if Russia's attacks on its export routes and facilities continue. The Moscow Times reports that the scale of Russian grain theft in occupied Ukraine likely constitutes war crimes of starvation and pillage. Metro reveals that Russian troops have been confiscating crops from farmers in occupied Ukraine to fund the occupation and fuel global food insecurity.
How we got here
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has resulted in documented attacks on Ukraine's grain production and export facilities. The pillaging of Ukrainian grain by Russia has been ongoing since the invasion began in February 2022, with evidence of pre-planning and coordination by Russia.
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