Russian forces have shelled grain silos and farms and looted Ukrainian wheat, which US diplomats say Moscow is now trying to sell.
Ukraine’s Black Sea ports are blocked with mines to protect the coastline from attacks by the Russian Navy, which is also bottling shipments. And yet, if President Vladimir Putin is to be believed, Western selfishness and sanctions are to blame for the current price-spiking food crisis – not Russia’s invasion of one of the largest world exporters of wheat, corn and sunflower oil.
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