DISINFO: Kyiv and the West are causing hunger in the world
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  • Date of publication: June 11, 2022
  • Reported in: Issue 285
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia, Ukraine
West food War in Ukraine Invasion of Ukraine Sanctions Anti-Russian

DISINFO: Kyiv and the West are causing hunger in the world


Kyiv, together with the West, is preventing the export of grain from Ukraine, thus causing famine.

The export is hindered only by criminal actions of Ukraine, which is blocking the approach to its ports and is behaving like a dog in the manger, actually causiung hunger.

And, of course, the West [also hinders the process] with its policy of sanctions, which prohibit Russian ships to export this grain.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about war in Ukraine and food security.

The disinformation narrative claims that sanctions, imposed on Russia in connection with its war of aggression against Ukraine, caused the crisis, however there are no sanctions on either Russian food production or food exports.

Russia's responsibility for the global food crisis comes from the Russian war: naval blockade of Ukrainian ports, bombardment of transport infrastructure and shelling of food storage facilities. Russia’s war in Ukraine presents never-before-seen consequences for global agriculture and food security.

Russian warships are blocking Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea, preventing the export of grain, which poses a risk to global food supply chains. Russia's invasion of Ukraine could soon cause a global food crisis that may last for years, the UN has warned. The World Bank calls it a human catastrophe.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has destabilised global food markets and is driving food prices up due to increased cost of production, transport and freight insurance. Russia has attacked and destroyed substantial food stocks, production, as well as processing and transport capacities in Ukraine, and continues to block Black Sea trade routes, which prevent the export of Ukrainian grain.

Moreover, Russia blackmails the world with the threat of a food crisis, Russian officials promise to ensure the passage of vital Ukrainian food exports through the Black Sea in exchange for the end of sanctions against it.

EU sanctions are directed against the Russian government, the financial sector and the economic elites, targeting the Kremlin’s ability to finance the military aggression. The agricultural sector in Russia is not targeted.

The US also exempts transactions for food, agricultural products and medical supplies from sanctions.

Addressing the UN Security Council, European Council President Charles Michel stated: "Russia is solely responsible for this food crisis, Russia alone. Despite the Kremlin's campaign of lies and disinformation. I have seen it with my own eyes. In Odesa, millions of tons of grain and wheat stuck in containers and ships because of Russian warships in the Black Sea and because of Russia's attack on transport infrastructure. And it is Russian tanks, Russian bombs and mines that are preventing Ukraine from planting and harvesting."

For more information on this topic, read the EUvsDisinfo article covering Russian disinformation related to food security.

Read more disinformation cases about Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine.

Technical remark: This disinformation was broadcast via Sputnik Georgia on 11 June 2022. Due to the EU decision to temporarily restrict the spread and dissemination of RT and Sputnik inside the EU, access to the Sputnik link may not work inside the EU.


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