Invading Russian forces destroyed or seized 15% of Ukrainian grain warehouses

16 September, 10:19 AM
Granary in Odesa (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Granary in Odesa (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Invading Russian forces have destroyed or captured up to 15% of Ukrainian granaries, U.S.-state funded non-governmental organization Conflict Observatory reported on Sept. 15.

In a summary for the Conflict Observatory report, the U.S. State Department noted that as of July 2022, Russian invaders controlled approximately 6.24 million tons of Ukrainian crop storage facilities.

In Ukrainian controlled territory, about 2.25 million tons of storage facilities have also been damaged, representing about 5% of the pre-war crop volume.

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The destruction of granaries is a war crime and a violation of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions.

The U.S. blames Russia for precipitating a global food crisis, caused by its attacks on Ukrainian agriculture and blockade of Ukrainian ports, with the State Department noting that a deal on a partial blockade lift of Ukrainian ports, intended to enable grain exports to Africa and Asia, will be of little use if Russia continues to attack and destroy Ukraine’s agricultural infrastructure.

On July 22, Ukraine signed an agreement with Turkey and the UN to unblock the export of Ukrainian grain through ports in the Black Sea. Russia signed a mirror agreement with Turkey and the UN, though Ukraine didn’t directly sign any agreements with the invading state. The agreement concerns exports from the Ukrainian ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk and Pivdennyi, which Russia has previously blocked.

At the end of August, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine expects to reach the level of grain exports of 3 million tons per month.

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