On May 25, the aggressor’s foreign ministry issued a statement saying that “Russia completely denies allegations that Ukrainian grain was exported by the Russian military”. At the same time, the aggressor’s army in Moscow issued a statement claiming that the actions of Ukraine, not Russia, posed a threat of a global food crisis.

At the same time, on the same day, Deputy chairman of the aggressor’s state duma committee Viktor Vodolatsky stated that the occupiers were rebuilding a railway from Donbass to Crimea in order to “take out the harvest that has accumulated there – tens of thousands of tons”.

Earlier, open sources repeatedly reported that the occupiers were exporting grain en masse from the occupied districts of Kherson and Zaporizhia regions to the Crimea and further loading it for export to seagoing vessels in Sevastopol. In addition, the occupiers themselves in March-May this year repeatedly emphasized the “importance of the Kherson region” in providing the occupied Crimea with agricultural products.

For example, on May 26, Russian propaganda circulated a statement by a Henichesk collaborator, the criminal head of the agrarian sector of the administration”, that “logistics for the export of Kherson agricultural products continue to be restored” to Crimea and Russian regions. Thus, the false statements of the Russian Foreign Ministry are intended for an audience that does not monitor the real situation in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

Our Association immediately informed the authorized structures of the International Maritime Organization and the International Labor Organization about that increasing and complicated negative situation.