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Ukraine lost 15% of its grain storage capacity due to the war

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Ukraine lost about 15% of its grain storage capacity in the war with russiathreatening its role as a key supplier of food to the world, a new report revealed on Thursday.

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The US government-backed Conflict Watch says the Russians seized storage space equivalent to 6.2 million tons and that a 2.2 million-ton capacity held by Ukraine was destroyed.

In total, the war has removed some 8.5 million tons of the 58 million it can store, threatening future ability to produce crucial supplies of wheat, corn and sunflower oil to the world market, according to the report.

As a result, farmers are running out of space to store their shipments, which could discourage planting for the next harvest, especially winter wheat, the report said.

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“The damage and seizure of storage capacity by Russia and allied Russian forces threaten to turn Ukraine’s ongoing agrarian crisis into a catastrophe”forecasts the report.

“Millions of people around the world depend on Ukrainian agricultural products and are directly impacted by rising prices on the global market, caused by shortages related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”

The report, prepared for the Conflict Observatory by the Humanitarian Research Laboratory at the Yale University School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, used satellite photography and arrest algorithms to assess the damage to conflict facilities. storage such as silos and grain elevators throughout the Ukraine.

He found that even partial damage to the facility can ruin stored crops.

Most of the occupied or damaged facilities are in Mykolaiv, Zaporizhia and Donetsk Oblast, and most were near transportation hubs, suggesting they were damaged in targeted and deliberate attacks.

“Indiscriminately targeting dedicated crop storage infrastructure may constitute a war crime and a crime against humanity under international law”warns the report.

Source: Gestion

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