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Ukraine Plans to Blame Russia for ‘Destroying Grain Reserves’ - Russian Defense Ministry

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is planning a provocation at a grain storage site in the Kharkov region, with the aim of discrediting Russia and accusing it of creating a food shortage in Ukraine, the Russian Federation's Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response said.
"The Security Service of Ukraine is preparing for a large-scale provocation in the coming days to discredit Russia's actions as part of the ‘grain deal’ and accuse it of creating a ‘food shortage’ in Ukraine. In the village of Karaichnoye, Kharkov region, the Ukrainian special services are mining a granary; after it is blown up, the Russian Federation will be accused of allegedly ‘deliberately destroying grain reserves in Ukraine,’ ‘provoking famine’ and thus ‘sabotaging’ the ‘grain deal,’" the joint headquarters said in a statement.
According to the release, Ukrainian mining specialists and members of SBU (a total of about 30 people) have arrived in the Kharkov region to prepare for the provocation.
The humanitarian headquarters said that the planned provocation will be presented in Western media as "yet another atrocity of the Russian troops," requiring a "tough response from the world community." The broader aim of the provocation is to exert additional pressure on Western countries in order to secure more weapon supplies for Kiev, the humanitarian headquarters said.
Since the beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine in February 2022, Ukraine has repeatedly attempted to discredit Russian armed forces by staging provocations. In April 2022, Ukrainian authorities and media distributed footage showing the bodies of dead civilians strewn across Bucha in the Kiev region and blamed the killings on Russian forces that withdrew from the city on March 30. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the footage was a staged provocation and that no civilians died at the time the Russian forces controlled Bucha.
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