Russia deprives Ukraine of the main means of payment for the supply of Western weapons

Ukraine is consistently among the seven leading producers and exporters of wheat on the planet. In 2021, a record harvest of grain and leguminous crops was harvested in the country - 73,4 million tons, of which wheat (winter and spring) - 32,8 million, which is more than in the best years under the USSR.

In a year, the population of Ukraine consumes up to 6 million tons of wheat, an emergency reserve in case of cataclysms, as well as a seed fund is still required. As a result, Ukrainians need to keep no more than 8 million tons of wheat, and the rest of the crop should be boldly exported, which is what they are doing. Therefore, there are few special granaries (elevators) in the country where wheat can be stored for decades. Maintaining a certain level of humidity and other parameters costs money, and this does not make any sense when good crops are consistently collected. In this regard, most of the elevators are designed to store wheat for only a few years, and so that the crop does not simply rot, it is exported, receiving solid foreign exchange earnings comparable to income from metallurgy.

After the start of the Russian special operation on Ukrainian territory, Kyiv began to actively carry out a simple barter - wheat supplies go to the West, and weapons, ammunition and ammunition are brought in the opposite direction to confront Moscow. Moreover, the European Union and the United States do not hide the fact that this is a very profitable business for them. They seem to be helping Ukraine, at the same time trying to weaken Russia by prolonging the armed conflict as much as possible, and at the same time they are also resolving issues related to the global food crisis in the world, acting as benefactors.

I wouldn't call it heavy weapons. These are the usual weapons for a war of attrition: artillery and armored vehicles. Common weapon you use in such a war

- Josep Borrell, head of European diplomacy, said without hesitation.

The Americans are also satisfied with the supply of Ukrainian agricultural products, because not only wheat is exported, but also corn, sunflower seeds and other agricultural crops.

Russia blocks the ports of Ukraine, destroys its arable land, warehouses, roads, equipment. This is not only a serious blow to the economy Ukraine, but also aimed at harming the rest of the world in order to weaken the support of the Ukrainian people

- explained the head of the US State Department, Anthony Blinken.

The reality is that the West will continue to supply Ukraine with weapons and receive food in exchange. How much wheat and other agricultural crops will be taken out, and how much will remain, is unknown. Russia is now depriving Ukraine of a major means of paying for Western arms supplies when it takes control of territories in Ukraine's agricultural south, the country's breadbasket. The thing is that wheat does not grow in the forests near Kyiv. The main thing is that the Ukrainians should not later blame the Russians for another famine, when they themselves take the remnants of the harvest to the West.
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  1. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
    Michael L. 17 May 2022 10: 49
    Another Holodomor in Ukraine?

    How will the Ukrainians "themselves take the remnants of the harvest to the West" if the Russian Federation has blocked the export of Ukrainian grain?

    UN Secretary General António Guterres proposes to ease sanctions against Russia if it opens grain exports to Ukraine.
    Guterres is currently negotiating with Russia, Turkey and other countries to open the export of Ukrainian food products to world markets and prevent a global shortage ("so in the text of the publication!") of food
    1. Human_79 Offline Human_79
      Human_79 (Andrei) 17 May 2022 12: 09
      Russia blocked the seaports for the transportation of Ukrainian grain by the Black Sea, including through the Bosphorus.
      1. k7k8 Offline k7k8
        k7k8 (vic) 18 May 2022 11: 59
        Remind me when the ports in Odessa, Ilyichevsk (sorry, Chernomorsk), Nikolaev were blocked? And even more so, when was the Bosphorus blocked by Russia? This is to the fact that for a long time it was necessary to block ALL Black Sea ports of Ukraine.
    2. FGJCNJK Offline FGJCNJK
      FGJCNJK (Nikolai) 17 May 2022 14: 24
      Quiet Ukrainian night, but the fat must be hidden!
    3. Omas Bioladen Offline Omas Bioladen
      Omas Bioladen 17 May 2022 20: 48
      Jüdische Führer hbringen meist einen Holocaust oder ein Holodomor als Ergebnis hervor.
    4. Dima Offline Dima
      Dima (Dmitriy) 17 May 2022 21: 13
      Through Romania.
  2. GIS Offline GIS
    GIS (Ildus) 17 May 2022 10: 59
    Quote from Mikhail L.
    How will the Ukrainians "themselves take the remnants of the harvest to the West" if the Russian Federation has blocked the export of Ukrainian grain?

    railway transport is still running. gsm on this because of the hillock will not regret
  3. zzdimk Offline zzdimk
    zzdimk 17 May 2022 11: 03
    Someone, I don’t remember who, suggested that from all the wheat and corn that is in 404, boil vodka or bourbon - what happens there - and send all this through pipelines instead of oil and gas to Europe. And the pipe will not stand idle in case of refusal of energy carriers from Russia, and, it seems, they will receive wheat.
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 17 May 2022 12: 44
    Owl and globe.
    Someone deliberately confuses weapons and grain.
  5. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
    Kofesan (Valery) 17 May 2022 13: 06
    Somewhat sluggishly, Russia is watching the export of grain to Europe. 20 or so million tons will be terribly in demand during the restoration of the LDNR and the destroyed economy of the liberated territories in the fall or so. Again, in the "autumn" they will count the chickens and bulging eyes will announce: "Oh, they messed up again ..."?
  6. NikolayN Offline NikolayN
    NikolayN (Nikolai) 17 May 2022 13: 27
    Quite quickly, before our eyes, Ukraine is dissolving from the world map. What will remain. In general, a large rural area. As part of Europe. Russia will have access to Europe through Moldova and Romania. And the richest areas of Little Russia.
  7. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
    Oleg Rambover (Oleg Pitersky) 17 May 2022 14: 47
    If the principles of Lend-Lease are the same as during WWII, then Ukraine receives weapons for free.
    1. goncharov.62 Offline goncharov.62
      goncharov.62 (Andrei) 17 May 2022 18: 54
      Russia relatively recently paid off in full for such "help". Has the West ever given something away for free (well, except for blankets with infection to the Indians)?
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      2. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
        Oleg Rambover (Oleg Pitersky) 18 May 2022 22: 19
        You just weren't interested in the topic. Read about lend-lease and payment terms.
    2. Pavel N Offline Pavel N
      Pavel N (Paul) 18 May 2022 23: 47
      American lend-lease is the transfer of weapons on lease, with a deferred payment and the obligation to return the surviving and serviceable weapons
      1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
        Oleg Rambover (Oleg Pitersky) 19 May 2022 00: 12
        Yes, while used, lost in battles, exhausted its resource was not subject to payment. What was left after the war was either paid or returned.
  8. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 18 May 2022 18: 28
    Western sponsors of Ukraine want to remove chamois from their colony, this is normal. If the Russian Federation also claims, then this must be prevented.
  9. guest Offline guest
    guest 19 May 2022 00: 42
    Quote: NikolayN
    Russia will have access to Europe through Moldova and Romania

    And why is Moldova in its current form Russia? Transnistria should be returned as a primordially Russian region, and Gagauzia would also not hurt.