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Occupiers in the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Zaporizhzhia Continue Stealing Ukrainian Grain

July 11, 2022
Occupiers in the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Zaporizhzhia Continue Stealing Ukrainian Grain

In the temporarily occupied territories of the Zaporizhzhia region, the occupiers are trying to resume the export of Ukrainian grain. To organize this, it was created the so-called "GUK" (the State Unitary Company). Its activities are directly controlled by collaborator Yevhen Balytskyi, a former People's Deputy, a deputy of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Council from the banned "Opposition Bloc". He is currently appointed as the "head of the regional occupation administration in Zaporizhzhia" by the invaders.

To create a working grain export infrastructure, collaborators "nationalized" (captured) the port-side elevator of the enterprise "Nova Khortytsia" in Berdiansk, the loading complex of the enterprise "Asket Shipping" in the port of Berdyansk, the elevators of the enterprises "Kernel", "Optimus" and other grain traders.

"GUK" set purchase prices for agricultural products, such as: fodder wheat - RUB 6,000, food wheat - RUB 9,000, barley - RUB 7,000 per one ton. Agricultural producers are not satisfied with such prices, so they try not to sell the harvest, but to store it in warehouses. In the absence of free warehouses, they store in other rooms not adapted for this or even in open areas.

The first vessel should arrive on July 10 for loading. On July 17, the ship "ZHIBEK ZHOLY" is expected to arrive, which was already transporting stolen grain from Berdiansk.

In order to put additional pressure on the local population, Yevhen Balytskyi said that residents can be divided into those who support the russian federation and will remain in their homes, and others who have to leave the territory of the region.