Despite the ongoing fighting in Ukraine, many farmers from the east of the country decide to harvest. One of them is the 52-year-old Oleksandr, whose farmlands extend around Bakhmut, one of the key clashes in the current phase of the war. – It’s easier to work in a combine, because you can’t hear the explosions – told Reuters, which recorded it while working in the field. On the recording, a dozen or so kilometers away, you can see smoke rising from the power plant shot by the Russians.
After the Russians gained control of the Luhansk Oblast, the main point of clashes in the Russian aggression on Ukraine Donetsk region has become. Despite the fighting, 52-year-old Oleksandr decided to harvest the wheat he planted last fall in his fields that stretched close to the front lines. “If I was afraid, I’d stay at home, not here.” Somewhere in the basement, he says in a video shared by Reuters.
– It is easier to work in a combine, because you do not hear explosions – emphasizes the farmer, whose fields are located near the town of Wuhłehirśk, between Gorłówka and Bachmut. The recording shows smoke from the Vuhłehirsk power plant hit by a Russian missile in the vicinity.
“Russia’s invasion continues to devastate the Ukrainian agricultural sector.”
The British Ministry of Defense recently wrote that in the wake of the harvest in Ukraine, “an invasion Russia still having a devastating effect on the Ukrainian agricultural sector. “The war has seriously disrupted the seed and fertilizer supply chains that Ukrainian farmers rely on,” said an intelligence update.
“The Russian blockade of Odessa continues to severely restrict Ukrainian grain exports. For this reason, Ukraine’s agricultural exports in 2022 are unlikely to exceed 35% of the value in 2021. After withdrawing from the Black Sea bridgehead on Snake Island, Russia misleadingly claimed that ‘ the ball is now on Ukraine’s side to improve grain exports. In fact, it is the disruptions in the agricultural sector of Ukraine caused by Russia that continue to exacerbate the world food crisis, “he added.
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