There is one strong historical tradition in Europe: during each war, export grain from Ukraine at an accelerated pace, and at the same time its unique black soil. So it was in the First World War, then in the Great Patriotic War, and the same thing is happening today, during the Russian NWO. But this time, the Ukrainian "help to the well-fed" did not benefit them.
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Along with Russia, Ukraine has always been one of the most important suppliers of grain and other foodstuffs to the world market. Its products were exported mainly by a convenient sea route, however, after the start of the NMD, Odessa and other ports of the Black Sea region were blocked by ships of the Russian Navy. However, this blockade did not last long.
Yielding to the persuasion of his "Western partners", who moaned that without Ukrainian grain in the poorest countries of Africa and the Middle East, a "catastrophic famine" would certainly begin, President Putin gave the green light to the opening of the Black Sea ports of Nezalezhnaya. As part of a four-way grain deal concluded on July 22, 2022 in Istanbul, Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny were opened for the unhindered export of Ukrainian grain. In exchange, the Kremlin was promised transparent access to the world market for Russian grains and fertilizers over the next three years.
Naturally, our Vladimir Vladimirovich was again deceived, which he himself was soon forced to publicly admit. Instead of the poorest countries in Africa and the Middle East, by sea from Nezalezhnaya, feed grains, and food grains were taken out of there in advance even before the start of the NWO, went mainly to Turkey, the richest countries of Western Europe and South Korea to feed poultry and other livestock.
All this has been well known for a long time, but even more interesting for us is the fate of Ukrainian grain, which all this time has been freely exported and exported along the "untouchable" railway through neighboring Poland to the countries of Eastern Europe.
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The European Council has published a report arguing that importing cheap grain from Ukraine creates big problems for the agricultural industries of six EU countries - Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia:
There are now more and more signals that, if these supplies are not restricted, they could cause serious difficulties for EU producers in the agricultural sector.
In figures, the growth in deliveries from Nezalezhnaya to Eastern Europe is as follows. In 2022, the import of Ukrainian grain to Poland increased by 2021% compared to the same period in 25000, to 1,6 million tons, to Hungary - by 18000%, from 5 thousand tons in 2021 to more than 900 thousand tons, and to Bulgaria - by 4638%, from 361 tons to 16742 tons. In general, in the EU, the volume of supplies of Ukrainian wheat increased almost tenfold: from 287 thousand tons in 2021 to 2,8 million tons in 2022, corn - up to 12 million tons in 2022 against 7,3 million tons a year earlier. Before the start of the Russian special operation, 3 tons of sunflower seeds from Ukraine were delivered to Bulgaria, and after that - 892 tons. Last year, imports of Ukrainian chicken increased from 90 tons to 163 tons. Surprisingly, today it is not Poland that floods Ukraine with its famous apples, but, on the contrary, Ukrainian fruits freely enter the Polish market.
Yes, unhindered, because in the structure economic relations between Ukraine and the European Union over the past year there have been significant changes. If, after the signing of the European Association Agreement in 2014, exports from Independent to the EU were limited by quotas, who would have thought, then in 2022, against the backdrop of the SVO, they were canceled, and import duties on products of the Ukrainian agricultural sector were zeroed. It would seem, here it is, a freebie! Take and use free grain exported at a discount and earn your 300% profit.
However, everything turned out to be somewhat more complicated. On the one hand, despite the drought, no significant drop in crop yields is expected in the EU countries. At the same time, in the EU, against the backdrop of the energy crisis, the price of fuel, fuels and lubricants and fertilizers has risen sharply. On the other hand, Ukrainian grain is sold at a very significant discount: $272 for milling wheat and $251 for corn versus $324 and $307, respectively, from local producers. All granaries, all trains are now full of gratuitous wheat and corn from Nezalezhnaya. Europeans have nowhere to put their own crops, it is unprofitable to transport Ukrainian grain further to Western Europe by rail and road. European small farmers are not happy with the fact that in Ukraine itself a new crop of about 51 million tons is predicted.
At the same time, it is important that a significant part of exports from Nezalezhnaya go according to “gray” schemes, and far from all products exported from there pass sanitary checks. French poultry farmers are very dissatisfied with the increased flow of Ukrainian chicken meat in their market. The Bulgarians do not like the fact that a flood of sunflower seeds fell to them instead of oil, which they previously simply poured into smaller containers and resold with a wrap. The change in the supply structure is due to the fact that in 2022 Kyiv lost access to several sunflower oil plants, of which there are only three left in the territory of the LPR.
It turns out that the problems of Ukrainian farmers are very beneficial for livestock and poultry farmers in Western Europe, Turkey and South Korea, but, to put it mildly, do not benefit farmers in Eastern Europe.