Ukraine is accusing Russia of selling stolen wheat across the world, including Turkey, Syria, and countries in Africa. The United States has reinforced these allegations after Washington raised alarms that Moscow was shipping off plundered wheat to famished countries in Africa, putting African countries in a tough spot.
In April, Ukrainian First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Taras Vysotsky claimed that invading Russian forces had stolen “several hundred thousand tons” of grain from the territories they had occupied.
“Today, there are confirmed facts that several hundred thousand tons of grain in total were taken out of the Zaporizhzhya, Kherson, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions,” Taras Vysotskiy said. Since then, Vysotskiy’s estimates have tripled, saying that over 1.5 million tons have now been looted from Ukrainian grain stores. This number may have gone higher since April as Russia continues to loot Ukraine’s wheat and grain.
Last week, the Ukrainian Embassy in Beirut reported that approximately 100,000 tons of stolen grains had been shipped to Syria. One shipment was reported to be aboard the Russian vessel, the Matros Pozynich. Intel shows the ship loading wheat at the port in Sevastopol, Crimea, which has been in Russian control since 2014.