Zelenskyy says Russia is using hunger as "a weapon" in Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President

© APA | Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President

# 06 April 2022 16:10 (UTC +04:00)

Russia is using hunger as "a weapon" in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Irish lawmakers on Wednesday, highlighting the impact of the Russian blockade of exports, APA reports citing CNN.

Zelenskyy told Irish lawmakers of how Russian forces have targeted agricultural equipment and fields and blocked exports from leaving Ukrainian ports.

"Why are they doing this? Because for them, hunger is also a weapon. A weapon against us ordinary people, as an instrument of domination."

"Ukraine is one of the leading food supplying countries in the world... This is not just about the deficit and the threat of hunger, hunger for more than dozens of countries. Asia and Africa. But even more because there will be a shortage of food and the prices will go up," the president said.

Zelenskyy listed the besieged southern city of Mariupol as the "worst" example of the crisis, highlighting the plight of the city's half a million residents.

"They have blocked the access to the soil, to the sea. They are blocking the humanitarian cargo. They are not allowing anything to come through, neither water nor medication. While it was snowing, people would melt the snow to get water. Now they don't have even that," he continued.

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