Russian troops and intelligence services are already conducting giant plunder of the most precious resource of the occupied regions of Ukraine: entire shiploads of grain.
The spoils were deemed so valuable that agents of the two main Russian intelligence services even shot at each other earlier this month.
Presently, about 20% of Ukraine’s territory is under some form of control by Putin’s brutal hordes.
Plunder of Ukraine’s Grain Caught on Satellite Photos
Even more than three months after the start of the invasion, Russians are still in control of large swaths of Southern and Southeast Ukraine.
The regions in question have some of the best agricultural land in the world. Ukraine, as a whole, has been among the top three producers and exporters of grain globally.
According to the Ukrainian government and the regional administration of Kherson, Russian invaders have already managed to seize giant amounts of wheat from Ukraine’s silo storage facilities in the occupied regions.
Earlier in May, there was a report about the first such vessel loaded with plundered Ukrainian wheat, a ship with a capacity of 27,000 metric tons.
Since then, however, the Russian plunder of Ukrainian grain appears to have grown and intensified tremendously.
Footage on the ground shows trucks loaded with stolen grain, while satellite images show the same with respect to Russian ships on the Crimean Peninsula.
Fresh video footage shared on social media shows dozens of trucks said to be loaded with grain out of the regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. They are headed towards the Crimea, apparently for more exports of the grain plunder.
According to the information of journalist Kazansky, trucks with stolen grain from #Kherson region lined up at the entrance to russian-occupied #Crimea. 🇷🇺wants to arrange a second Terror-Famine Holodomor for the occupied territories of Ukraine#ArmUkraineNow #UkraineUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/LQISztzzet
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) May 26, 2022
30 lorries transport looted Ukrainian grain from the occupied #Zaporizhzhia region
While civilians suffer from hunger in occupied agricultural regions of 'breadbasket of Europe', #Russia supplies world market with over 400,000 tonns of grain stolen in #Ukraine #RussianWarCrimes pic.twitter.com/nUHVhfVuVD
— Oksana Ostapchuk (@O_Ostapchuk) May 25, 2022
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss MP says "it is completely appalling that Putin is trying to hold the world to ransom" as he blames the West's actions for grain exports from Ukraine being blocked.
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— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 26, 2022
Exclusive satellite images from US company Maxar Technologies show Russian forces stealing grain from ports in Ukraine. CNN’s @MarquardtA reports. https://t.co/yzmHrhFSCt
— CNN (@CNN) May 23, 2022
Ukraine currently still has 30 million tons worth about $15 billion that cannot be exported due to the Russian blockade of its ports. The only Ukrainian grain that is currently going abroad is that which Russia has stolen and is now selling illegally.
— Mattia Nelles (@mattia_n) May 24, 2022
Russian Intelligence Mafias Shooting One Another Over Grain Plunder
Putin may be seeking deliberately to spur a global crisis based on food shortages with the disruptions of the Ukrainian wheat exports to numerous countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Among other things, the food shortage caused by Putin may bring about a wave of illegal immigrants toward Europe, which could completely destabilize America’s allies there.
The current gigantic plunder of Ukrainian grain seems to be for the benefit of not the Russian state, but of the Russian military and intelligence agencies. They are operating like mafia-style structures, not unlike the entire Putin regime.
According to Ukrainian sources, such as presidential office advisor and former military intelligence officer Oleksiy Arestovich, in mid-May, there was a bewildering incident.
Representatives of Russia’s two main intelligence agencies shot at each other for the spoils of plundered wheat.
The dispute as to which structure gets to “export” the stolen Ukrainian wheat occurred in the Kherson region between operatives of the FSB, the successor of the former Soviet KGB, and the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence.
It remained unclear which of the two intelligence services prevailed and got to benefit by sending abroad the stolen Ukrainian grain from Kherson.
Spoke with my Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry. Grateful to Egypt for turning away a Russian ship loaded with grain stolen in Ukraine. We agreed to coordinate efforts to make Russia unblock Ukraine’s food exports. Ukraine and Egypt keep working together to ensure food security.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) May 19, 2022
Stop your disinformation @KremlinRussia_E
Not sanctions but your war in #Ukraine is preventing shipping and endangering food security.
More than 20 million tonnes of grain blocked by your mines and your war.
We need to stop the war and restore global food supply chains.
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) May 25, 2022
In OTHER news there is so much grain stored in Ukraine that could feed 400 Million people for a year; But? it can’t be brought out of the country because of the Russian Blockade – so the world will be starved of such food & what does reach shelves will be prohibitory expensive!🤷♂️
— Norman Brennan (@NormanBrennan) May 24, 2022
An estimated 20 million tons of grain are stuck in Ukraine, and the country is one of the world’s five largest exporters of wheat, corn and sunflower oil and meal, making it a staple of countries’ food supply globally. https://t.co/smMqUszbFq
— Forbes (@Forbes) May 26, 2022
Between May 1-22 Ukraine was able to export 28,000 tonnes by truck. Again, for perspective, that's about one ship full. This is not enough.https://t.co/kAmLlnXeUm
— exit266 (@exit266) May 25, 2022