Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin (69) seems to want to plunge the world into famine – and profit from it. He keeps more than 20 million tons of grain in the Ukraine. The poorest countries are particularly affected. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (41) accuses the Kremlin of using the blockade of grain exports as a weapon of war.
Although Moscow has not said anything about this so far, the suspicion is obvious. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (44), among others, has in the past accused Russia of “gradually stealing and selling Ukrainian food”.
Russia has always referred to these allegations as “fake news”.
Now, however, satellite images have surfaced that presumably catch the Russians in flagrante delicto. Maxar Technologies’ pictures, dated May 19 and 21, show two of the ships docked next to what resembles a grain elevator. Next to it, what appears to be grain is flowing from a conveyor into an open hold.
«Supervised by people at the highest level»
Both ships have meanwhile left the port, reports CNN with reference to a ship tracking website. The “Matros Pozynich” sails through the Aegean Sea and claims to be on its way to Beirut, while the “Matros Koshka” is still underway in the Black Sea.
Mykola Solski, 43, Ukraine’s Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food, told CNN that the grain robbery “is happening in an organized way.” This is a big business “overseen by people at the highest level”.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (60) said last week: “The Russian Federation falsely claims that the international community’s sanctions are to blame for the worsening of the global food crisis. The sanctions are not blocking Black Sea ports, delaying ships laden with food, and destroying Ukraine’s roads and railways. This is Russia.” (of)