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Shmyhal: Russia sold $1 billion of Ukrainian grain on world markets

by Lance Luo November 26, 2023 1:45 AM 1 min read
‘Grain from Ukraine’ summit on November 25, 2023 in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Eduard Kryzhanivskyi/Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
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Russia has stolen and exported $1 billion worth of Ukrainian grain on world commodities markets, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Nov. 24 at a grain market forum in Kyiv.

"The occupiers have prepared technical means to steal and take away 12,000 tons of grain from the captured territories every day."

Kyiv has lost operational control over large swathes of farmlands in southern and eastern Ukraine.

"They succeeded only partially, because the heroic resistance of the Ukrainians forced the enemy to retreat. But the volume of stolen goods is impressive - it is millions of tons of grain worth about 1 billion dollars. Russia's robbery of Ukraine continues even now.”

This year, Ukraine is expected to harvest 79 million tons of grain which is 10% more than last year. About 25% of grain production is consumed domestically while the rest is earmarked for export.

“To date, 30 countries and international organisations have joined the Grain from Ukraine programme initiated by the President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, raising 180 million dollars to buy Ukrainian grain. We have sent 170,000 tonnes of food to Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. We are about to send another 25,000 tonnes to Nigeria."

Duda: Grain dispute will not disrupt good relations between Poland, Ukraine
The disagreement over grain exports should not upend Polish-Ukrainian relations, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Sept. 22.
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