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Russian-flagged ships transport Ukraine's grain to Syria, Maxar says

 

Russian-flagged ships transport Ukraine's grain to Syria, Maxar says

U.S. satellite imaging company Maxar said Russian-flagged ships carried Ukrainian grain harvested last season and transported to Syria in the past two months.


Photos of Maxar showed two Russian-flagged bulk cargo ships docking at the Russian-controlled port of Sevastopol in Crimea in May and loading them with grain, the company said.


Maksar added that days later, its satellites collected pictures of the two ships, which were anchored in Syria, and opened their doors with large trucks lined up in preparation for the transport of grain. Another photo in June showed a different ship being loaded with grain in Sevastopol, she said.


Ukraine accuses Russia of stealing grain from territory occupied by Russian forces since its invasion began on February 24. The war threatens to cause severe food shortages, with Russia and Ukraine's wheat exports accounting for about 29 percent of world exports.


Ukraine is one of the world's largest grain exporters. Western countries accuse Russia of causing a global famine by closing Ukraine's ports on the Black Sea.

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