Yevheny Balytskyi, the so-called "head" of the part of the Zaporizhia region that is temporarily occupied by Russia, has announced plans to harvest about 2.5 million tons of grain in the region this year, of which at least 1 million tons will be exported from Ukraine.

The CFTS portal reported this, citing the Center for Journalistic Investigations.

According to collaborator Balytskyi, the demand for wheat in the occupied part of the Zaporizhia region is only 500,000 tons, farmers themselves will use and apparently export 1 million tons, and the Russians plan to export 1 million tons of Ukrainian grain centrally.

The assumption is that they will export the grain mainly by sea, particularly through the port of Berdiansk.

As reported previously, the Russian occupiers continue to export stolen grain from Ukraine. "Enemy tugs were seen pulling a Russian self-propelled barge loaded with wheat from the waters of the seaport in the city of Berdiansk, Zaporizhia region," the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said on 16 March.

As reported earlier, Russian occupiers sent the first ship loaded with 7,000 tons of stolen Ukrainian grains from the port of Berdiansk in June 2022 after capturing the city.