Russia says large granary in Mariupol port was deliberately destroyed
The Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukraine “militants of the nationalist battalions” of deliberately setting fire to a large granary in the seaport of Mariupol while fleeing Russian forces.
According to a ministry statement, the alleged act of arson was due to the reluctance of “activists” to leave the supply of grain to the inhabitants of Mariupol. As a result, according to the army, more than 50,000 tons of grain were destroyed.
“This inhuman crime shows the entire world community the “true face” of the kyiv regime, which, in fact, uses the methods of food terrorism against its own people,“, he said.
The ministry said the destruction was committed while “so-called civilized Westcontinues to support kyiv while accusing Russia of fueling a global food crisis.
The Ministry of Defense pointed out that the Russian forces during their “special military operation“support the civilian population, treat them humanely and”do not hit the social infrastructure of the country, unlike the Ukrainian armed formations.”
Since the launch of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Moscow and kyiv have accused each other of various war crimes, while denying their own responsibility.
Authorities in the Donetsk People’s Republic earlier reported that firefighters failed to save the grain stock despite several days of effort.
“There is a large amount of grain on the territory of the port of Mariupol, it is both corn grain and wheat. Judging by the smell and appearance, it is not suitable for further use, mostDonetsk People’s Republic government aide Yan Gagin told RIA Novosti.
The global food market, already affected by climate change and the Covid pandemic, has been hit hard by Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine, with the two countries accounting for around 30% of global wheat exports. Russia is also the world’s largest fertilizer exporter.
While the West has accused Russia of causing soaring food prices by continuing its military operation, Moscow argues that the real cause of the food crisis is the “politically motivated“Western sanctions against him.
Ukraine has repeatedly accused Moscow of “flight» its stocks of wheat and send it abroad. The spokesman for the UN secretary-general, Stéphane Dujarric, however, said the UN was unable to verify these claims.
Ukraine and Western states have repeatedly accused Moscow of hampering grain exports by blockading Ukrainian Black Sea ports. Russia has rejected the allegations, saying it is ready to ensure safe passage for ships carrying grain from ports. The disruption of the grain flow stems from kyiv’s own actions and the intensive exploitation of the coastline by the Ukrainian army, insists Moscow.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.
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