Troops during a military operation in Ukraine (War Ukraine)

Video accusing Russians of purposely burning grain fields in Ukraine spreads

A video posted on social media this weekend by a Ukrainian government advisor shows soldiers trying to put out fires in grain fields in Ukraine, allegedly caused by invading Russian troops.

One of the main problems the war is creating is massive food shortages and a Russian naval blockade preventing it from exporting lucrative agricultural products.

Dubbed ‘the breadbasket of Europe’, Ukraine has some of the most fertile land on the European continent and supplies food to much of the Middle East and Africa, whose countries have already expressed concern.

Incendiary bombs, banned by a UN treaty signed by Russia, Ukraine and 123 other countries, have been used repeatedly by Putin’s forces since he began his invasion on February 24.

The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons prohibits the use of specific types of weapons that are deemed to cause unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering to combatants or to indiscriminately affect civilians. The flammable contents of the bombs burn at 2,200 °C and cause fires that are difficult to extinguish.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said this week that there are 20 million tons of grain in closed silos outside the Black Sea port of Odessa, and there are more waiting on ships unable to leave this key strategic port.

“Russian President Putin is preventing food shipments and aggressively using his propaganda machine to deflect or distort responsibility because he expects the world to give in to him and end sanctions. In other words, simply put, it’s blackmail,” he said.

In addition, some 300,000 tons of grain were destroyed as a result of an attack by Russian troops against warehouses in Mykolaiv, on the Black Sea, according to information from the Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture, disseminated by the Ukrinform portal.

These grain stocks had been stored there since the beginning of the invasion, on February 24, and were destroyed by the Russian troops on June 5.

-Thailand News (TN)

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