CNN has published satellite images showing grain being loaded into Russian ships in the Russian-occupied Crimean city of Sevastopol. In photos taken by Maxar Technology dated May 19 and 21, two Russian-flagged ships are seen moored and loaded, probably with stolen Ukrainian grain.
It is noted that in the photos, two Russian ships, the Sailor Pozinich and the Sailor Koshka, are moored next to what resembles grain silos, where grain is poured from a conveyor belt into their open holds.
According to the ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com, both ships have already left the Crimean port: the Sailor Pozinich is sailing in the Aegean Sea towards Beirut, while the Sailor Koshka remains in the Black Sea.
CNN points out that it is difficult to say exactly whether the ship in the photo is loaded with stolen Ukrainian grain. However, the Russian-annexed Crimea itself produces little grain, in contrast to the agriculturally rich Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhya oblasts, parts of which are occupied by the Russians.
In early May, the Sailor Pozinich had already carried out a similar mission, loading grain and sailing from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, a significant part of the grain stolen from Ukraine is on dry cargo under the Russian flag in the Mediterranean. Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Solskyi has stated that the occupiers have already stolen 400,000 to 500,000 tons of grain crops from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
Also, according to the United Nations, 25 million tons of grain are stuck in Ukraine due to the war waged by Russia.