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Russian invaders provoke famine in Luhansk region

The Russians are destroying grain stocks in the Luhansk region. Photo: Sebastian Klein/Unsplash

The Russians are destroying grain stocks in the Luhansk region. Photo: Sebastian Klein/Unsplash

The Russian occupants destroyed or seized the grain supplies for almost three years from the Luhansk region. Sowing has not started. The head of the Luhansk regional military administration, Serhiy Haidai, wrote it on his Telegram.

Referring to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, Haidai said that Russians removed about 100,000 tons of Ukrainian grain from the Luhansk region. Another 30,000 tons were destroyed with the elevator in Rubizhne in April.

The annual demand of the Luhansk region within its borders was 60,000 tons of grain until February 24, 2022; with the territories occupied in 2014 – 240,000 tons. More than 90% of farming land was concentrated in the northern part of the region, which was occupied by the enemy in 2022 and where fighting is still ongoing.

These territories supplied the whole region with grain until 2014.

Quote"Our region is the only one where a sowing campaign hasn't been launched. Just because Russians are not interested. Why would they, if they can simply rob and thus cover their needs for several years?" Haidai wrote.

He stressed that "100,000 tons – is the official data. The real figures are still unknown. Another 30,000 tons of grain were destroyed in Rubizhne. This is more than the two-year need of Luhansk. There is no bread in the region now, and it is not expected. The Russians are pushing Ukrainians to the brink of starvation on the occupied territories."

Context. The website of the Legislative Assembly of the Krasnoyarsk Territory of the Russian Federation published a text about Russia's plans to "expropriate the surplus harvest in the Kherson region." The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stressed that this decision is nothing but a continuation of Soviet criminal policy, which led to the Holodomor of 1932-1933 and the mass artificial famine of 1921-1923 and 1946-1947.

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