UK Ambassador: Russia should have no chance to use food as weapon
The commemoration of the 1932-1933 Holodomor Famine in Ukraine should impulse the world to decisive actions that would prevent Russia from using food as a weapon, UK Ambassador to Ukraine Martin Harris has said.
"Some people find it difficult to really conceive of a regime that would use food as a weapon. Yet that is just what we've seen. […] In that period after the end of the Black Sea Grain Initiative Russia destroyed 280,000 tonnes of grain in one month. That is enough grain to feed a million people for a year," he said at a special event of the Kyiv Security Forum organized by the Open Ukraine: Arseniy Yatsenyuk Foundation on Tuesday.
The diplomat said that it is not the first time the tactic of weaponizing food is used, adding that it had been practiced during the 1932-1933 and 1946-1947 Holodomor Famines in Ukraine.
"Our remembrance needs to be our impulse to action. If food is being used as a weapon, that is a horror that we must not allow. We need to disarm Russia. We need to ensure that Ukraine's grain reaches those who need it," Harris said.
The ambassador also highlighted the importance of recording the crimes that are being committed in Ukraine during the Russian aggression.
"I am very proud today that we are supporting the Ukrainian authorities and the Ukrainian people to catalogue the evidence of the crimes that are being committed by Russia in the course of its cruel invasion of Ukraine," he said.