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Ukraine Grain Exports To Rise

In Ukraine, this year’s total grain crop is a record 64 million metric tons. Because of the annexation of Crimea and part of the Lugansk and Donetsk oblasts by Russia, the actual available crop is about 60.5 mmt.

In the middle of October, the grain export from Ukraine reached 11 mmt (6.2 mmt of wheat, mainly of the feed quality, 1.3 mmt of corn, 3.2 mmt of barley and 150 tmt of other small grains. This means that the total grain export from Ukraine, this marketing year, may be about 35 mmt.

At the moment, the local prices for grains varies depending on the region. For example, milling wheat - 175-200 USD/mt, feed wheat - 140-160 USD/t. The average price for barley is 150 USD/t, corn - 130 USD/t.

The regions annexed by Russia are facing the real disaster, on the verge of the coming winter.

In Crimea, people experience the huge deficit for coal (most of the house heating there is done by coal). Russia practically has no means to supply the necessary volumes of coal by sea. In addition, the Ukrainian coal mining regions are either under the control of terrorists or even incapable to supply necessary volumes of coal to Ukraine itself.

Also, there is a dire situation with the fresh water there since Ukraine refuses to supply water to Crimea. It is interesting that the so called ‘authorities’ of the annexed Crimea (whom nobody recognized in the world) decided to appeal to the international community to force Ukraine to provide necessary volumes of water.

The situation in the annexed regions of Donetsk and Lugansk oblast is a real catastrophe. Ukrainian government decided to cut off these regions from the Ukrainian budget. So, hundreds of thousands if not millions of retired people and workers who obtain their salaries and wages from the central budget receive nothing. The terrorists who control these regions are unable to provide the population with the financial support from other sources.

80 percent of the economies in those regions are ruined, with the big areas remaining without electricity, including the big city of Lugansk. This means no water supply, no sewage and other utilities like hot water and heating. And winter in those regions are very cruel (temperatures down to -30-40 Celsius or -35-40 Fahrenheit with strong cold winds).

Prices on food doubled. People there face famine and cold.

But this is the least severe issue of the disaster. The leader of the Ukrainian miners' union claims that a big number of coal mines are now flooded. In one of them, at the end of 1970-ties, there was the nuclear weapon testing, another one was used as the deposit of highly toxic chemical wastes. The flooding of these mines may result in poisoning of the groundwater and, consequently, the tap water, nearby rivers and even big areas of the Azov sea.

Considering those people wanted to be independent from Ukraine, it seems they got what they wanted.

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