As Russia pounds Ukraine’s capital Friday, rushing tankers and soldiers toward toppling the government in Kyiv (Kiev), civilians are scattering for shelter, companies are shutting down, and public transportation is scarce.
Iurii Mykhailov is a Kyiv resident who contributes to Successful Farming. He reports from the front lines of war.
Mykhailov, a U.S. citizen, said Friday morning that the bombing was causing fellow citizens to flee to shelter.
“Yes, I have heard bombing. Yesterday morning, I heard seven explosions. Today – only one or two,” Mykhailov says.
With reports indicating of Russian shelling somewhere 15 miles northwest of Kyiv, the fighting is mostly far away from Mykhailov’s midtown apartment.
“At the moment, all public transportation in Kyiv is not functioning. Shelters can be found at the metro stations on both banks of the Dnipro river.
“The metro stations on the left bank (where I live) are useless as shelters because the metro line is not underground,” he says.
Mykhailov added, “Most of the time, I spend in my apartment. It is recommended by authorities that you stay home and not go out for food or drug. I will run to the nearest park if there is an alarm. Apartment buildings that have cellars are more likely to collapse in case they are directly hit. Since there is little I can do, I try to remain calm. I watch the news.”
He says that no one knows how long the defense against Kyiv will last.
“It may be any moment or a long time. It seems Kyiv is well fortified and young citizens are anxious to fight,” Mykhailov says.
Agriculture and its impacts
According to news reports, Russia and Ukraine account 29% of global wheat exports and 19% of world corn imports. They also account for 80% of world sunflower oil and 29% of global grain exports.
CMA CGM Group (a France-based global shipping company) has decided to suspend all vessel callings to Ukraine on Friday, February 24, from 24 to 26 until further notice.
Maersk also made the same decision. According to Mykhailov, the company cancelled all ship calls and closed its Ukrainian office.
The global agricultural commodity trader Cargill Inc. said Thursday the ocean-going vessel it had chartered was “hit by a shell” in the Black Sea, but the vessel retained its seaworthiness and the crew remained safe, Mykhailov reported.
Egypt, the world’s largest importer of wheat, canceled an international procurement tender for wheat Friday. According to Mykhailov, Egypt has not received any offers of Ukrainian or Russian wheat.
On Friday, the global agricultural commodity trader Bunge Ltd. said it closed the company’s offices in Ukraine and suspended operations at the port of Mykolaiv, the Ukraine source reported. Bunge competitor Archer-Daniels Midland Co (ADM) said its facilities in Ukraine, including a terminal in Odessa, are not operating.
Corn Planting Threatened
The spring planting season in the future will be affected by the war between Russia, Ukraine.
“In two-three weeks farmers could start the planting season in Ukraine. But the Russian invasion changed all that. Due to military hostilities, there will be a shortage of fuel and fertilizers. There will be a shortage of loans. There even may be a shortage of machine operators because of military losses etc.,” Mykhailov says.
As for Ukraine’s citizens, those who have small land plots can grow vegetables and such.
“The food in cities may be scarce,” he says.
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Source: Successful Farming