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• Russia occupied #Crimea and Eastern Ukraine in 2014
• Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022
• Russia mass-murdered civilians wherever its troops were
• Russia fired missiles at civilian and infrastructure buildings
• Russia attacked a port with #grain for export
• Russia destroyed Ukraine's energy structure with missiles all winter 2022
• Russia stole #children
• Russia stole hundreds of household and agricultural equipment
• Russia told the @UN about biolaboratories, mutant pigeons, killer-mosquitoes
• Russia terrorized #Kyiv with missiles almost every night throughout May 2023
• Russia made and makes torture chambers in the occupied territories
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🇵🇱Poland, 🇸🇰Slovakia & 🇭🇺Hungary have banned #grain imports from 🇺🇦Ukraine, saying 🇪🇺EU's freeze of import tariffs to help get Ukraine grain around the world is flooding their markets and hurting their farmers.

But such unilateral trade actions cannot be taken nationally.
Despite these bans being a clear violation of EU law, the 🇪🇺Commission took a soft approach today and wouldn't even say what possible repercussions there could be.

Why? They likely don't want to become a pawn in Polish election politicking.
Poland's hard-right nationalist governing party PiS depends on the farmer and rural vote to maintain power - and there's an election later this year.

🇵🇱farmers have been protesting the Ukrainian grain influx (which has drastically lowered prices) and the Ag minister resigned.
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Feb. xx:
1/ #Crimea: #Ukraine #Grain #Scandal

Author –@CrimeanWind, #Telegram, Ukraine supporter

#Saldo & #Aksyonov cannot share the #Stolen #Grain.

Recall that in the #Kherson region, the [#Russian]- ..continued

#UkraineRussiaWar #Collaborators…
Feb. xx:
2/ #Crimea: #Ukraine #Grain #Scandal

“..[#Russian]-occupation authorities introduced "#Permits" for the #Export of #Grain. They’re issued by #Collaborator, #EduardRepilevsky, whom the #Russians..continued

#UkraineRussiaWar #Betrayal #Coerced…
Feb. xx:
3/ #Crimea: #Ukraine #Grain #Scandal

“.[#Russian]-occupation authorities introduced "#Permits" for the #Export of #Grain. They are issued by #Collaborator, #EduardRepilevsky, whom the #Russians..continued

#UkraineRussiaWar #Betrayal #Coerced…
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Feb. 28:
2/ #Russians #Rob #Grain in #Ukraine

In the morning, a #Train of more than 30 #Train #Wagons/[#Cars] was moving from the temporarily #Russian-#Occupied #Zaporozhye/#Zaporizhzhia towards ..continued

#UkraineRussiaWar #Scandal .@ua_parliament…
Feb. 28:
3/ #Russians #Rob #Grain in #Ukraine

..towards the [#Crimean] peninsula.

Similar [#Train] #Wagons/[#Cars] were seen in #Berdyansk in Dec. 2022, taking #Grain out of #Warehouses on the territory ..continued

#UkraineRussiaWar #Crimea #Robbery…
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🇺🇦🇪🇸⚡️Ukrainian wheat, intended to be sent to poor African countries, has instead been used to feed pigs in Spain, according to journalist Michael Koch.
#ukraine #ukrainewar #grain #wheat #spain #graindeal…
The European Union was seeking to create a corridor to deliver Ukrainian grain by sea to the poorest countries to avoid food shortages.
However, Koch claims that little of it reached the third-world countries, with most going to Spain, as the Ukrainian authorities prioritised financial gain.
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Let's explore about the business model of the #shippingindustry! Shipping is a vital part of the global economy, with goods being transported around the world by sea, air, and land.
The business model of the shipping industry is centered around the movement of goods from one location to another. Shipping companies charge fees for transporting goods from one port to another, or from one country to another. #maersk
The shipping industry has a number of different business models, depending on the type of goods being transported and the mode of transportation. For example, #container shipping is a popular business model for transporting large volumes of standardized cargo.
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🇺🇦#Ukraine sent 66% of the #grain not to needy countries, but to the #West

From August to October 2022, 350 of 455 ships with 6.1 of 9.3 million tons (66%) of Ukrainian grain and processed products were shipped from Ukraine's unblocked ports to Western countries,
according to #UN figures:…

And MarineTraffic. 65% of the exported products are fodder, i.e., cattle feed.
In reality, hungry countries, where more than 10% of the population suffers from malnutrition, received only 1.18 million tons (13%) of cereals, including 25% of wheat:…
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Today I failed. I've done everything possible and slightly more, but failed. My plan was to get to recently retaken Town B. by train. But no success. It was a long long day. So listen to the story.
I took this railcar to get there. That's a service railcar that carries our track repair crews. Image
70 km drive. Hypnotizing.
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#Power: "#Food #price rises around the world are the result of a 'broken' food system that is failing the poor and concentrating #power and #profits in the hands of a few, food experts have said."… #FoodSystems #inflation
"The Guardian revealed this week that the #ABCD companies (Archer-Daniels-Midland, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus) – which control 70-90% of the global #grain trade – have been making a record #bonanza as food prices have soared in the wake of the #Ukraine war."
"Campaigners are concerned that seeds and agricultural chemicals are similarly controlled by a handful of companies, with just three multinationals – Bayer-Monsanto, Dupont-Dow and Chem-China Syngenta – controlling 60% of the trade. "
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@topagrar_PL @PolskaIzbaMleka @DINtoday @HighGroundDairy @freshagenda2013 @Eucolait @AnttiJSaari1 @juliajones110 @StoneX_EUDairy @SaschaSiegel_ @dairylando As we have predicted since March, despite huge reduction of #milk production and processing, UA internal dairy use/consumption slumped due to war, migration, and deterioration of population wealth.

In July we’ve observed crush of UA internal #grains and oil seeds prices due to port’s blockade by aggressor and the eve of new crops harvesting season. Compound #feed index downed to last year’s minimal (incl. sunflower meal traded 0,05 EUR/kg).

3/10 Image
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Yday, #Lavrov’s confirmation in #Cairo that #Russia seeks to “help the Ukrainian people to free themselves” from their regime gained - understandably -considerable attention in Western capitals.

But it might obscure other important aspects of #Lavrov’s visit to #Egypt. A 🧵1/14
There was much hype around #Putin meeting #Iranian & #Turkish leaders last week

But #Lavrov's engaged the Arabs extensively since Feb, visiting Algeria, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi. He also hosted other Arab FMs in Moscow

Now Egypt, where he also engaged the League of Arab States 2/14
This effort to engage evenly – Iran, Turkey, Israel, Arabs – is a long-standing feature of #Russia’s MENA policy, but will become more important in light of Western #sanctions.

Losing further friends would be costly, even in a region that’s of 2ndary importance to #Russia. 3/14
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1/ #Russia’s reasons to agree #grain deal and deblock ports in #Ukraine:
1. Exemptions from sanctions for Putin’s cronies banks and billions $ from food exports
2. Russia’s agricultural sector is crucially dependent on import

For @CarnegieEndow…
2/ Russia got $11bln from grain exports in 2021, $10 in 2010. It’s very important part of state revenues. This year a record harvest is expected (130 min tonnes), and correspondingly high profits. Beneficiaries of the largest agricultural holdings are close to the #Kremlin
3/ Dmitry Patrushev, the Minister of Agriculture, is the eldest son of the secretary of the Security Council. The owners of Demetra-Holding (second largest exporter of grain) are VTB and the Marathon Group of Alexander Vinokurov, son-in-law of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov etc
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1/The agreement brokered by Turkey between Russia and Ukraine to open up ports along the Gulf of #Odesa in the #BlackSea cannot work if Russia plans on attacking the ports in question.

There are many hurdles that need to be overcome for this to work.
2/First, the need for the grain is paramount. @unctad has made clear the vital importance of #grain, in particular #wheat, #sunflower, #corn & #barley for nations in Africa.

3/Myself and @johnkonrad was on @CavasShips Podcast to talk about this very topic last week.…
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How to get the #grain out of #Ukraine?
The West has feasible options to challenge #Putin's #HungerPlan & avoid a #globalfamine.
Check out my latest piece at @TransitionsMag & see key arguments below THREAD 1/11
#Ukrainian defensive minefields around #Odessa & the #Russian #SeaBlockade are the two key challenges to establishing a secure sea lane for 🇺🇦 #grain export.
Concerning the first one, the requirements of safe shipping through minefields and effective #CoastalDefense are not incompatible, and a mine-free shipping channel to #Odessa would not seriously compromise the port's defence against #Russian #amphibious operations.
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An ongoing & overdue thread on all things #BlackSea #blockade #grain and 🇺🇦maritime position.

Standard 🇷🇺 position, no need to provide safe passage as the only threat to shipping comes from 🇷🇺. Would give licence to interfere with ships and PR images.…
2. Plans to construct temporary silos in border regions to overcome the bottlenecks caused by the different rail gauges coming in central Europe. Not a universal solution, would provide some relief to the problem.…
3. Nuanced shift and suggestion by 🇹🇷around the hot issue of demining the approaches to 🇺🇦ports. Just create channels rather than complete the time consuming process.
-> not sure how viable this really is given drift mines and would require actual convoying in the areas. Image
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#Ukraine #Dairy #export during the #war 🧵1/ The war has made especially big impact on dairy exports. The developed logistics supply chains to traditional markets of the post-Soviet countries were broken. It is now impossible to load goods through our seaports.
#Ukraine 2/ Generally, importers are cautious about any procurement dealt with a country at #war. As a result, despite the promising world market conditions, domestic producers have had to drastically reduce dairy #exports, while often selling products well below world prices.
3/ #Ukraine #dairy producers are losing the markets of Central Asia and the Caucasus because of the #war. Extremely problematic are exports by sea to the countries of SE+N Asia and MENA, where previously large quantities of milk powder, whey, and in some yrs, butter were shipped.
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In May, #Ukraine increased by 180% (in comparison to April) its export of grain➡️1,743,000 tons. Due to the Black Sea blockade by the Russian Navy, #Ukrainian #grain was exported in May to Europe via Danube river, railways, and roads, reports Ukr. Ministry of Agriculture.
1/2 #Ukraine's export of wheat increased from 9,200 tons in April to 43,500 tons in May. But it's still 20 times less that usual May amount of wheat export ➡️in comparison to 857,800 tons in May 2021.
1/3 #Ukraine's export of barley in May was still 2 times less than usual - only 11,600 tons. Data: Ukr. Ministry of Agriculture.
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The mask drops!

Here is what #Turkey and #Russia want out of moving #grain from #Ukraine out of the Black Sea: Turkey wants a discount. Russia wants more warships and fewer mines.

Also, Russian spin is at full speed.

🧵Details below. Background note⬇️
Turkey wants a 25% discount on Ukrainian grain - Vahit Kirisci, the Turkish agriculture minister, said over the weekend.

Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that a command center in Istanbul would be established to oversee the grain operation.
Russia wants the removal of mines, particularly around the city of Odessa, which Russia has been eyeing for a naval landing for months. Ukraine is understandably reluctant.…
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Where have efforts to open 🇺🇦#BlackSea ports been going these past few days? Not very far because it's a complex and intractable problem. NBC had a comprehensive article on the #grain issue, worth reading:… .
First mention of a 🇪🇺maritime mission.🇪🇺has run maritime ops before but nothing like this and the idea that 🇹🇷would support it is politically naive. An
🇪🇺 ops would likely depend on a settlement with 🇷🇺first as it alone wouldn't deal with all threats.…
At the other end the robust approach to call 🇷🇺bluff use overwhelming NATO naval forces in some capacity, is there, and Adm Stavridis made that case too.

Leaving aside mines, 🇹🇷, Montreux, insurance logistics etc. there is an issue being overlooked..…
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Happening now: @USArmy Gen Christopher Cavoli - nominated to serve as commander of @US_EUCOM and as Supreme Allied Commander-#Europe - testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee
"In #Europe, the core security challenge is #Russia" per Gen Cavoli

"Russia's unprovoked invasion of #Ukraine ushers in a new era in European security...It will be up to us all to reestablish an enduring stability"
"But #Russia is not our only challenge. #China's growing influence is also of huge concern" per Gen Cavoli "As are terrorism, migration, #cybersecurity, & #climatechange"

"We cannot be a one-problem alliance"
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Citing the previous tweet
and adding more information hoping to help get a clear panoramic on increasing #foodprices and the increasingly looming narrative of #recession 👇
A massive backlog of #grains is piling up in #Ukraine to the tune of nearly 25 million tons due to "#infrastructure challenges" and blocked #ports in the #BlackSea, including #Mariupol - @Reuters reports 📰…
#Ukraine was the fourth-largest corn exporter in the 2020/21 season and the sixth-largest #wheat exporter in the world, according to the #IGC (International #Grains Council).…
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Skyrocketing #global #foodprices, panicked low income and poorer fringes of the population facing severe #hardship, struggling #emergingmarkets and #SriLanka on the verge of #anarchy - all wrapped up in a massive #market sell-off: what is happening 🌎 ❓
Things did not improve in April on #food prices:
the #FAO Food Price Index fell 0.8% month-over-month to 158.5 points in April 2022, but still remained close to the all-time high of 159.7 points in March.
#vegetableoil prices declined significantly (-5.7%) after hitting an all-time high in March under pressure from #palm, #sunflower and #soybean #oils.

In addition, #grain prices fell slightly (-0.4%), after also rising to all-time highs in March.
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We — the Monitoring Group of the Black Sea Institute for Strategic Studies and BlackSeaNews — predict that the world will soon have to face and get acquainted (except for 🇷🇺 gas blackmail, which everyone finally understood) with 🇷🇺 grain blackmail.
That is, so far they have almost cut 🇺🇦 off from the world #grain market (our grain exports are currently about 500,000 tons per month, before the war — 5 million tons per month).
They will not 100% block #Ukraine’s grain exports through the #BlackSea ports until the end of the war, no matter how “deeply concerned” the @UN and other international organizations are about the prospects of #famine in #African countries.
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@vovka3232 #RussiaUkraine
The deputy commander of the Ukr 503rd Independent Marine Infantry Btn has been captured in #Mariupol. He say the remnants of the unit have broken up in small groups to try to make it through the blockade
@vovka3232 #RussiaUkraine
Georgian Dato Gobedzhishvili & Belorussian Dmitry Apanasovich from the "Georgian Legion" have reportedly been killed at #Irpen near #Kiev ImageImage
@vovka3232 #RussiaUkraine
First footage of combat use of the new #ISDM Remote Mining System in the #Kharkov area
More info in link…
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