Cherry crop is latest target for forced exports to Russia

Ukraine sees ‘industrial-scale’ theft of foodstuffs from occupied areas

The Russian government has been accused of using food as a weapon of war in Ukraine by targeting grain and other foodstuffs. It emerged this weekend that the country’s cherry crop is the latest target for forced export to Russia. Russia’s systematic looting of Ukraine’s agricultural sector has extended to the country’s cherry harvest.

Activists in the Russian-occupied southern city of Melitopol this weekend pointed to the transportation of the surrounding region’s famous cherry crop to Crimea as the latest evidence of what Kyiv and international bodies says is a Kremlin strategy of stealing Ukrainian food and re-exporting it for profit.


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