The Russian invaders have stolen 3.7 million tonnes of Ukrainian grain in the temporarily occupied territories, excluding the Crimean peninsula.
“In the temporarily occupied territories, excluding the Crimean peninsula, 3.7 million tonnes of Ukrainian grain have been stolen. Of them, 1.4 million tonnes have been stolen in (the) Zaporizhzhia region. The Russians steal all this grain from farmers who are forced to sell their products at fixed prices many times lower than market ones,” the National Resistance Centre reports.
It is noted that the grain is then resold to enterprises related to Kremlin-installed officials and sold at market prices in the Russian Federation.
The National Resistance Centre emphasises that everyone involved in grain theft will be held accountable under the current legislation of Ukraine.
At the same time, Ukraine continues to look for opportunities to resume the grain deal. In particular, on Friday, 25 August, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Türkiye Hakan Fidan discussed the resumption of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
“We have a common approach here: we work, make every effort to restore the functioning of this initiative,” Ukraine’s top diplomat stressed.
The mass media also report that the Primus Liberian-flagged bulk carrier, which had been in the Ukrainian port since the beginning of the Russian full-scale invasion, left Odesa.
The ship is heading to the port of Varna in Bulgaria. Primus is already the second vessel that left the port of Odesa outside the framework of the “grain corridor.”