Ukraine: Russian attack on grain warehouses threatens 'disastrous' global food crisis
‘Russia is holding some of the world’s lowest-income countries hostage to its military and political agenda’ - Anna Wright
Responding to the Russian armed forces’ latest attack on Odesa’s port infrastructure and grain facilities, as well as thinly-veiled threats to attack sea vessels attempting to transport Ukrainian grain, Anna Wright, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Researcher, said:
“Russia’s strike on grain supply warehouses in Odesa’s port, following its withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Deal, is a step that may elevate the global crisis triggered by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine to disastrous new levels.
“As Ukraine is a key supplier of grain globally and provides the majority of grain imports to Eastern and Southern Africa, Russia’s disruption of Ukraine’s grain exports and its callous destruction, in a single strike, of at least 60,000 tonnes of grain and important export infrastructure, has the potential to bring famine to countries already suffering from drought and humanitarian crises.
“Russia’s threat to treat all ships travelling to Ukrainian ports through the Black Sea as carriers of military equipment reveals its readiness to strip those most in need of critical food supplies for its own military aims, and sends a clear message that Russian forces are prepared to commit new war crimes.
“By stepping up its war of aggression in this manner, Russia is holding some of the world’s lowest-income countries hostage to its military and political agenda.
“Russia must urgently end its war of aggression in Ukraine, and all those suspected of responsibility for crimes under international law must be held to account in fair trials.
“The international community should also take measures to ensure safe trade routes for Ukraine's grain, so it can be delivered to regions dependent on it for food security.”