“Destroying ‘Moskva’ is a better contribution to overcoming world famine than any UN program” Taras Kachka, Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine
As the UN expects that a fifth of humanity will suffer from hunger because of Russia’s war in Ukraine, Ukrainian officials suggest that lifting the sea blockade of Ukraine would be more effective for world food security than any special UN program.
“I agree about one-fifth, but it must be put more simply — hunger is spreading due to the blocking of our ports and trade in the Black Sea with Russian warships. We have corn, wheat, and oil. Russian ships that shoot merchant ships do not allow to export,” Deputy Minister of Economy – Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka explained.
If it were not for Russia’s military aggression, food prices in the world would be high, but not exorbitant.
“If it weren’t for Russia, then Africa and the Middle East would not think where to scrape together the money to buy the last wheat. Russia is deceiving many when it says it will satisfy the demand for grain itself,” Kachka said.
Firstly, it will not satisfy, because in addition to wheat there is also no less important corn and vegetable oil, the trade representative notes. And secondly, Russia is speculating on prices, he stressed.
Therefore, Kachka continued that plan A to overcome famine is a rebuff to aggression at sea and on land so that Ukrainian grains and oilseeds would reach the market in full. Plan B is maximum logistics through the western border.