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Ukraine's Farmers Fear War-Time Harvest Challenges

June harvest vulnerable to fires from shelling


As 32-foot-high mounds of sunflower meal smoulder among the blackened ruins of one of Ukraine's top agricultural terminals, farmers in this front-line region are scrambling to survive a harvest under Russian fire reports Reuters.

Farmers see Russia's shelling of the Nika-Tera port facility in the southern city of Mykolaiv on June 4 as just the most dramatic example of a wider assault on a pillar of Ukraine's economy - and the world's.

Farmer Volodymyr Onyschuk told Reuters that Russia wants to end the agricultural stream of income into Ukraine.

Crops will be vulnerable to fire caused by shelling, he said, and that could be "hell" for farmers when the harvest season begins in coming weeks.

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