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Ukraine exported more than 1 million tonnes of grain in April. What the authorities say about the theft of grain during the conflict

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The official welcomed Romania’s “interest and understanding” in grain exports from Ukraine and stressed that Baltic ports are the most advantageous alternative, Reuters reports.

He also mentioned the importance of grain exports from Ukraine through Romania, in the context in which Russia is blocking Ukrainian ports, but specified that these exports could be hampered in two months by exports of the new wheat crop from Romania and Bulgaria, News.ro reports .

“The sowing campaign is being carried out actively, despite the difficulties associated primarily with logistics,” Solskii told a news conference.

The Ukrainian Minister of Agriculture also said that this year’s sowing did not rise to the same quality level as last year’s, and the area on which the corn was sown was smaller.

Referring to allegations that Russia stole grain from Ukraine during the war, Solskii said Ukraine considers any grain-carrying ships through the port of Sevastopol in the Crimean region to be stolen.

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“We are looking for solutions so that the stolen grain can be confiscated quickly,” the minister said, without giving details.

Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, has denied stealing Ukrainian grain. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February increased the volatility of international financial markets. Commodity prices have risen and logistics have been affected.

About 25 million tons of grain are stranded in Ukraine and cannot leave the country due to infrastructure challenges and blocked ports on the Black Sea, including Mariupol, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reported late last week. United Nations (FAO) reports Reuters.

“It is an almost grotesque situation that we are witnessing at the moment in Ukraine, with about 25 million tons of grain that could be exported, but which cannot leave the country simply because of the lack of infrastructure, the blocked ports.” , said Josef Schmidhuber, Deputy Director of FAO, Markets and Trade Division.

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Schmidhuber said the situation could exacerbate the lack of storage space during the next harvest in July and August.

“Despite the war, the harvest conditions are not so alarming. This could really mean that there is not enough storage capacity in Ukraine, especially if there is no open wheat corridor for export to Ukraine, ”said the FAO representative.

Another concern is that some grain depots were destroyed in the fighting in Ukraine, he added, without giving details.

Ukraine was the world’s fourth largest exporter of corn in the 2020/21 season and the sixth largest exporter of wheat, according to the International Council on Cereals. However, since Moscow launched a so-called “special military operation” in late February, Ukraine has been forced to export grain by rail across the western border or from small Danube river ports.

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