War in Ukraine. Russian blockade could cause millions of tons of grain to be lost

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Monday, May 2, 2022 that: the Russian blockade imposed on Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea could lead to the loss of tens of millions of tons of grain, which could lead to a food crisis that could affect Europe, Africa and Asia.

Russia, which controls the Black Sea, does not allow ships in or outsaid Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with the Australian television news magazine 60 minutes

Four closed gates

Russia wants to completely block the economy of our countryhe added.

Ukraine is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of agricultural products, especially grains.

The ports of Mariupol, Berdyansk and Skadovsk on the Sea of ​​Azov, as well as the port of Kherson, on the Black Sea – whose activities have been suspended since the start of the Russian offensive on February 24 – are closed until control is restored Ukrainian on these infrastructures, the Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture specified in a press release.

Moscow wants to eliminate Ukrainian competition

In Germany, Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir cited Russian attacks on Ukraine’s grain infrastructure, suggesting that Russia was also trying to weaken a trade competitor in that market.

We regularly receive reports of targeted Russian attacks on grain storage silos, fertilizer warehouses, growing areas and infrastructureCem Özdemir told the regional press group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

According to the minister’s comments reported by this group, it increasingly appears that Russian President Vladimir Putin is looking for… to get rid of Ukrainian competition in the long runwhile Moscow benefits in the short term from the rise in prices in agricultural markets, giving it more capital.

War in Ukraine. Russian blockade could cause millions of tons of grain to be lost