In a powerful statement delivered to the United Nations Security Council she said “64% of the 34 million tonnes of grain exported under the deal went to low- and middle-income countries. Unsurprisingly then, Kenya called Russia’s withdrawal a ‘stab in the back’ of countries in the Horn of Africa already impacted by drought.”
No justification for Russia’s punitive acts.
She continued: “Russian missile attacks on Odessa, Chornomorsk and Mykolaiv destroyed over 60,000 tons of grain. That is enough to feed 270,000 people for a year or to double WFP [World Food Programme] shipments under the BSGI to both Sudan and Somalia. Russia has destroyed dock equipment, making it harder to load grain on ships… There is no possible justification for these punitive acts.”
The Ambassador’s words echoed those of Ukrainian human rights advocate Alona Lebedieva who this week told a European Parliament conference that “
Ambassador Woodward further stated that “Russia’s actions have already raised prices, with immediate impact on the world’s poorest and hungriest people. And Russia’s latest demands are tantamount to holding the world’s starving hostage.”
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