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UN comments on grain theft allegations

The organization has no evidence that Russia is illegally exporting Ukrainian grain

The UN is unable to verify kyiv’s accusations against Moscow of “flight” and the export of Ukrainian grain, said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary General.

Asked about a reporter’s claims at a press briefing on Tuesday, Dujarric said neither the UN Secretary-General’s office nor the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) had credible information at this point. topic.

“We have seen recent media reports, we are talking to our colleagues at WFP. They have no way of verifying these claims. I believe that the WFP, like all of us, has advocated for the free movement of food from the Black Sea to ensure that the needs of people around the world are met,” said the official.

Ukraine has repeatedly accused Moscow of “flight” its wheat stocks amid the ongoing conflict that erupted in late February. More recently, such accusations were leveled against Russia by Ukraine’s Ambassador to Turkey, Vasyl Bodnar.

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“Russia shamelessly steals Ukrainian grain and sends it abroad from Crimea, including to Turkey,” Bodnar said on Friday, adding that kyiv had asked Ankara to “help solve the problem.”

Ukraine and Western states have repeatedly accused Moscow of hampering grain exports by blockading Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, namely Odessa’s main trading hub. Russia, however, has dismissed 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 after Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Luhansk . 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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