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The Biden administration says more than 20 million tons of grain are stuck in silos near Ukrainian ports due to the Russian blockade.

Sergiy Khrebtsov, a Ukrainian grain farmer, says it’s cheaper for him to “throw away” than to find someone to buy his grain. Khrebtsov is among countless other farmers who cannot sell their crops and earn a living.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has issued a stern warning to world leaders that something must be done or they will face “a serious food crisis and famine in many countries.”

In this photo provided by the Press Office of the President of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attends a press conference with Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa following their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

In this photo provided by the Press Office of the President of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attends a press conference with Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa following their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
((Press Service of the President of Ukraine via AP))

According to the United Nations (UN), Ukraine accounted for 10% of global wheat exports in 2021. The Ministry of Agriculture of Ukraine reports that grain exports have decreased by more than 60% compared to last year.

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World food prices are already rising and the UN is warning of food shortages around the world next year if Russia continues the siege.

“The blockade of the Russian fleet has created a global crisis that we cannot resolve on our own. And NATO turns a blind eye to the problem,” says the mayor of the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, Gennady Trukhanov.

A member of the HALO Trust demining organization explains how they search for anti-tank and anti-personnel mines in Lipovka, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

A member of the HALO Trust demining organization explains how they search for anti-tank and anti-personnel mines in Lipovka, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
(AP Photo/Natasha Pisarenko)

US officials say Russian occupiers also destroyed Ukrainian farm equipment and stole their grain. The US warns that Moscow is trying to cash in on the situation by selling stolen wheat to other countries.

The New York Times reports that the US State Department has sent a telegram to more than a dozen countries – mostly in Africa – warning that Russia may be trying to sell them stolen grain. The cable identified three Russian cargo ships that the authorities suspected were carrying stolen grain.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUN 02: US President Joe Biden leaves the podium after addressing the recent White House mass shootings on June 2, 2022 in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, DC – JUN 02: US President Joe Biden leaves the podium after addressing the recent White House mass shootings on June 2, 2022 in Washington, DC.
((Photo by Kevin Ditch/Getty Images))

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The Biden administration says it is working to mitigate the impact of Russia’s actions by “working closely with our European partners to bring the 20 million tons of grain locked in Ukraine to market to help drive down food prices.”

Last month, Republican Senators Joni Ernst of Iowa and Roger Marshall of Kansas warned that Russia uses food manipulation as a deadly weapon. invasion of Ukraine.

Known as the “breadbasket” of the world, Ukraine is one of the largest producers of wheat, sunflower oil, honey and other commodities. About 400 million people, including in Africa and the Middle East, depend on Ukraine and Russia for food, according to senators.

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