Russian grain theft from Ukraine 'disgusting', accuses Germany

The German Agriculture Minister on Friday described as “repulsive” the grain thefts of which Russian troops are accused in Ukraine, on the sidelines of a G7 meeting seeking to help Kyiv export its production.

Russian grain theft from Ukraine 'disgusting', accuses Germany

The German Agriculture Minister on Friday described as “repulsive” the grain thefts of which Russian troops are accused in Ukraine, on the sidelines of a G7 meeting seeking to help Kyiv export its production.

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“Russia is stealing and confiscating goods and grain in eastern Ukraine,” Cem Özdemir said alongside his Ukrainian counterpart Mykola Solsky, saying “this is a particularly repugnant way to wage war.”

The two ministers also "discussed ways to help save the harvest by land, rail or via the Danube", explained Mr Özdemir, as the Russian invasion and the blockade imposed on Ukrainian ports sharply reduced export routes for this major agricultural producer.

The European Commission presented a plan on Thursday to help Ukraine export its production by mobilizing freight capacities, an issue which will also be at the center of discussions at the meeting of G7 agriculture ministers bringing together the seven most important powers. world's wealthy (Germany, France, Italy, Canada, United States, Japan and United Kingdom).

“The situation in Ukraine is really complicated when it comes to grain exports,” Solsky explained, detailing that 20 million tonnes must leave the silos in the country within three months before the next harvest.

"We cannot solve this issue alone" and "we must work to unblock Black Sea ports and establish logistical links to Baltic ports", he added.

Renowned for its very fertile black soils, Ukraine was before the invasion the world's fourth largest exporter of corn and on the way to becoming the third exporter of wheat.


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