Russia earns at least $530 million selling grain stolen from Ukraine – investigation
With the help of a shell company and hiding the geolocation of the ships, Russia was able to steal grain from Ukraine worth at least $530 million, which can be classified as a war crime.
According to European Pravda, this is stated in a joint investigation by AP and PBS.
The investigation is based on the analysis of satellite images, data from court transponders, documents, posts on social networks, as well as testimony from farmers and representatives of transport companies.
In total, AP was able to establish the involvement of more than three dozen ships in the theft of Ukrainian grain, which made more than 50 flights to export grain from the territories of Ukraine occupied by Russia to Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and other countries.
One example is the route of the ship “Laodikea”. On July 9, in Melitopol, grain was loaded into heavy trucks, which arrived at the port of Feodosia in the Crimea. There it was reloaded onto the Laodicea, after which it was taken to Libya and Syria with the transponder turned off.
According to the documents, the Russian Caucasus was the point of departure for the Laodicea. But the local port is too shallow for such a large vessel, but Feodosia (where it was seen on satellite images) is just right.