Russia's Renewed Attacks Put World Food Supply At Risk
Russian aggression threatens to plunge vulnerable nations into famine, as attacks intensify on Ukraine's vital grain exports.
On Wednesday, missiles and drones struck Ukraine's key inland port of Izmail, across from NATO member Romania. The relentless assault set towering grain silos ablaze, damaging thousands of tons destined for Africa, China and beyond.
With ships halted in their tracks, the strikes demonstrated Russia's determination to blockade Ukraine from feeding the world. This Danube River port was a critical lifeline after Russia exited the Black Sea Grain Initiative in October. Now even this alternative route is in flames.
The consequences are dire - global wheat prices spiked over 4% as markets absorbed the news. Russia seems intent on using starvation as a weapon, no matter the cost. "They have chosen the path of killing, starvation and terrorism," decried Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Yet even as Russia bombs, Ukraine keeps fighting to export its bountiful harvest. Repair efforts are already underway in Izmail. And dozens of ships still sail to neighboring Romania, anchored in defiance of Russia's threats.
But Ukraine urgently needs more weapons to protect its food supply infrastructure and re-open the oceans. Each defense system donated is measured in millions of lives saved. The world cannot
stand idle as Russia tries to plunge developing nations into famine.
Diplomatic efforts also continue, as Turkish President Erdogan pushes Putin to rejoin the grain agreement. But so far, words have not swayed Russia's attacks. Action must follow rhetoric.
Ukraine's wheat can sustain millions globally, if allowed to safely travel. This common cause must unite worldwide solidarity. For as Russia wages war, it is the most vulnerable who pay the price. Their survival now hinges on our collective resolve.