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9 May, 08:54 PM

Russian invaders steal hundreds of millions of dollars worth of grain from Ukraine

Russians have already stolen 400,000-500,000 tons of grain, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, from the occupied territories of Ukraine.

Russian security services control the illicit export of Ukrainian grain to occupied Crimea for resale, Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy Mykola Solsky told Interfax-Ukraine.

“We see that they are sending about 400,000-500,000 tons to the Crimea in an organized manner," he said.

"This is a big business run by people of the highest power. This is a different scale of looting than we saw when ordinary Russian soldiers stealing TVs from Ukrainian stores."

At a price of $250-300 a ton, Solsky said, the Russians have already stolen hundreds of millions of dollars worth of grais.

The Ministry of Agrarian Policy collects information about the theft of Ukrainian grain by Russians through public channels, the media, and state channels available to the ministry. 

The Minister noted that the export of grain from Crimea began in the last few years, even though such crops do not grow on the peninsula.

“In our opinion, almost all ships with grain from Sevastopol are ships with stolen Ukrainian grain, because there is no reasonable logistical approach in spending the extra money to move it from the Russian mainland and load it through Sevastopol, if it is closer to carry through Novorossiysk and other ports," Solsky pointed out.

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