As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to mutate and evolve in the eastern theater of war, there are concerns about some of the tactics being used by the Kremlin’s troops. Namely, that Russia is cutting off a key region of global food exports for the purpose of holding the world hostage with hunger.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy detailed the issue this week, issuing a chilling warning to the world at large.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned of famine and a hunger “catastrophe,” as he accused Russia of blocking grain exports from his war-torn country — which the U.S. has described as an effort “to break the spirit of the Ukrainian people.”Advertisement - story continues below
During remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this past week, Zelensky said that Russian forces were blocking Ukraine from exporting 22 million tons of food products that include “our grain, barley, sunflower and more.”
“If we do not export in the coming months, if there are no political agreements with Russia through intermediaries — there will be famine, there will be a catastrophe, there will be a deficit, there will be a high price,” Zelensky said.
Zelenksyy seemed to suggest that the cure for this could be a military action.
In Davos, Zelensky said: “You can unblock them in different ways. One of the ways is a military solution. That is why we turn to our partners with inquiries regarding the relevant weapons.”
Russia’s wartime behavior has been abhorrent, to say the least, and the blockade of a vast swath of the world’s grain supply would likely be considered yet another affront to the bettie sensibilities of the global community.