Chronology of actions that threaten humanity with famine due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The Sierra Leone-flagged bulk carrier Razoni left the port of Odesa carrying over 26000 tons of corn and is bound for Tripoli in Lebanon following an inspection in Istambul. It is the first commercial vessel leaving Ukraine’s port by agreed humanitarian corridor in Black Sea since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 


As a result of enemy’s targeted shelling of the house in the city of Mykolaiv the owner and CEO of “Nibulon” (one of the largest agricultural companies of Ukraine) and the Hero of Ukraine Oleksii Vadatursky together with his wife Raisa were killed.


Russian missiles hit and damaged the critical port infrastructure in the Mykolaiv region


Two Russian missiles hit and damaged the infrastructure of Odesa Port a day after the Initiative on the Safe Transportation of Grain and Foodstuffs from Ukrainian ports (Odesa, Chornomorsk and Pivdennyi) had been signed.


Russian occupying authorities confiscated about 70 thousand tons of newly harvested grain from Ukrainian farmers (Nibulon LLC and Agroton PJSC enterprises) in the Luhansk region and took the grain to Russia.


After a week of deliberate shelling by Russian troops of wheat fields in Zaporizhzhia region Ukrainian, a private agrarian company “Myr” reported about 1.000 hectares burned out. With expected yields per hectare in this region about 6 tons it means they have lost about 6.000 tons of wheat.


 In the temporarily occupied territory of Zaporizhzhia region, the invaders established the so-called “State Grain Company” and seized 20 elevators that belonged to local entrepreneurs. In fact, these elevators are considered stolen along with the stored grain that is currently being illegally exported by the occupying authorities.


Russian missiles hit and destroyed the silo with more than 5.000 tons of grain in the Synelnykove district, the Dnipropetrovsk region.


PJSC “Bakhmut Agrarian Union” located near the Svitlodar arc and the front line informed about the destruction of the huge pig complex as a result of missiles and bomb strikes during the hostilities. The complex had a capacity of 100,000 pigs. Although the management managed to deliver most of the livestock to the nearest meat processing plants, about 17,000 pigs considered died in the premises of the destroyed pig complex.


The grain elevator of “Agroton” company located in Siversk city, Donetsk region, was destroyed as a result of hostilities. 5.300 tons of sunflower were lost.


Russian invaders organized the first shipment with 7.000 tons of looted Ukrainian grain from the temporarily occupied port of Berdyansk. This was officially reported by the Russian Interfax.


Russian shelling of the “Azot” chemical plant in Ukraine’s Severodonetsk city caused its partial destruction. Throughout June, there were continued bombardment of this plant, one of the largest chemical plants in Europe that produce nitrogen fertilizers for agriculture needs (more than 1 mln tons annually). Now it is under Russian occupation.


Russian troops launched a missile strike on one of Ukraine’s largest specialized seaports, “Nika-Tera”, in Mykolaiv. A fire broke out in the port after the shelling. The fire destroyed two warehouses with grain meal. In total, the fire broke out in 10 thousand square meters.


Two Russia-flagged bulk carrier ships are shown docking and loading up in Crimea with stolen Ukrainian grain. The images from Maxar Technologies, dated May 19 and 21, show the vessels — the Matros Pozynich and the Matros Koshka — docked next to what appear to be grain silos with grain pouring off of a belt into an open hold.


In Kharkiv, the Russian forces deliberately completely destroyed the only National Center for Plant Genetic Resources in Ukraine. Tens of thousands of samples were destroyed, including grain samples that are hundreds of years old, and cannot be restored.


A Russian merchant ship Matros Pozynich loaded with grain stolen in Ukraine, has been identified in the Syrian port of Latakia. 


Powerful Russian bombs were dropped on the territory of the Golden Agro enterprise in Rubizhne (Luhansk region). The recently opened elevator complex with 30,000 tons of grain storage capacity was destroyed.


Russian troops in the occupied city of Melitopol have stolen all the equipment from an Agrotek farm equipment dealership for $5M and shipped it to Chechnya.


By shelling, Russian invaders severely damaged the elevator in the Kryvyi Rih district of the Dnipropetrovsk region.


The UkrTransAgro grain terminal, which operated in the Mariupol seaport, was completely destroyed by Russian troops.


Agricom Group does not have access to the cultivation of 15-20% of fields in the Chernihiv region (2,000 hectares) due to their mining.


Russian troops damaged the warehouses of the Qatari subsidiary QTerminals by a missile strike in the Mykolaiv region.


Around 400 Russian-made mines are left in the Black Sea, according to Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar (Source: Hürriyet Daily News). Some of them have already reached the shores of Turkey and other Black Sea countries.


The Kremenchuk refinery was damaged by Russian missiles.


Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev threatened the world community with restrictions on the Russian export of agricultural products to “unfriendly” countries. He openly referred to food exports as a weapon reaffirming the status of the Russian Federation as an aggressor not only in the military and energy sectors, but also in the food dimension.


Mining of access roads to agricultural lands in Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kyiv, and other regions of Ukraine. In many cases, fieldwork will be impossible in 2022 and 2023, even in the liberated regions.


Russia has mined the recommended routes from the Bosporus to Odesa, blaming it on Ukraine. 


Russian mortars took out the local power station, cutting all electricity and crashing the automated system that feeds and water Europe’s largest poultry farm. The Chornobaivka chicken farm in the Kherson region has lost almost 4 million chickens to thirst and starvation.


The oil depot in Vasylkiv was destroyed. The beginning of the deliberate destruction of infrastructure: oil depots, machine-transport stations, elevators, and roads in Ukraine in order to destroy any opportunity for economic activity, including agricultural production. Mass executions of civilians, including agricultural workers.


The beginning of the Russian armed aggression against

  • Grain exports from Ukraine have been suspended through the blockade of the ports by the Russian military. Russia has blocked around 90 commercial ships loaded with agricultural commodities in the Black Sea. In the first days, five ships were under missile strikes, one ship sank, and casualties and injuries were reported.
  • Occupation of the territories of Ukraine results in the impossibility of the field works. According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine, 30% of the area under spring crops will not be sown in 2022.

Military exercises in the Azov and Black Seas caused delays in
logistics and the need to coordinate the shipping route along the coast, as well as
the reluctance of shipowners to work at high risk.

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