During the entire season of the winter harvest, the soldiers of Russia had large areas of Ukrainian fields under their control. The invaders forced farms to sell grain for a pittance or simply stole it from warehouses. The export of stolen grain took place with the help of captured equipment, it was sent from Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Kherson regions to Crimea or Russia. As a result, the thieves in the Russian law earned $530 million for the continuation of the war.
It is already known how a rogue country managed to earn much money on a bloody grain. According to lawyers, such theft can be considered a war crime and committed by businessmen and state companies from Russia and Syria. One of the largest international information and news agencies, Associated Press, reported that the ship Laodicea (owned by Syria) participated in a complex Russian smuggling operation. In the summer, the freighter docked in Lebanon. Wheat totalled $530 million. The article notes that false declarations and routes to the sea were used to move grain from Russia.
Ukrainian diplomats claimed back in the summer that the Associated Press was carrying grain that the Russians stole. But Putin and his henchmen have declared that the charges are groundless. Now that the journalists have investigated, it becomes clear that the Russian Federation has stolen $530 million from Ukraine and spent it on new attacks.