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Russian Invasion Knocked Out 14% of Ukraine’s Grain Storage

  • US-backed report warns of threat to future global food supply
  • Farmers ‘don’t have anywhere to put the grain’: researcher
Wheat grain for export in a cargo ship at Nikolaev port in Nikolaev, Ukraine. 

Wheat grain for export in a cargo ship at Nikolaev port in Nikolaev, Ukraine. 

Photographer: Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg

Russia has destroyed, damaged or seized control of 14% of Ukraine’s crop storage capacity since invading in February, jeopardizing the global food supply and threatening future harvests, a US government-backed report said Thursday.

Researchers examined satellite images of 344 storage facilities -- out of almost 1,400 nationwide -- and concluded that Ukraine’s grain storage capacity fell to 49.8 million metric tons, down from a pre-war capacity of 58 million metric tons.