Normally it is the policy of Westgate Ark never to be critical of others and to show respect for the views of all, even to those trolls who never hesitate to pour their personal vitriol all over the good work of others. However, in the case of the brutal invasion of Ukraine and the ethnic cleansing of its citizens,
no such objectivity or moderation for the evil perpetrators will be observed!
there is only hunger, chaos, and violence. Russian President Vladimir Putin not only knows this better than anyone, he has also weaponized it. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he has deliberately disrupted the country’s wheat supply, triggering a global food crisis. Ukraine is the sixth-largest exporter of wheat in the world, and — by blockading Ukrainian ports, blowing up rail lines, stealing grain, and killing farmers — Putin has effectively taken about 20 million tons of wheat off the market. Global wheat production is about 850 million tons, so this is hardly enough to cause a global famine. But it is enough to cause the price of wheat to jump more than 60 percent already this year. In the U.S., where the average American spends less than 10 percent of their income on food, this will hardly be noticeable. But for people in the developing world, many of whom spend 40 percent or more of their income on food, that could mean the difference between eating and going hungry. High food prices have already had a devastating impact in poor nations, pushing 20 million people into starvation in sub-Saharan Africa alone, and sparking riots in Sri Lanka.
In some former communities in the east of Ukraine there are now more pets left than people. Not that the the Russian state care about the animals, they have directly killed huge numbers from their bombing and so many more from starvation and destitution as a colateral result of their cruelty and heartlessness.
Long overdo, but at long last, the leopards are heading to the defence of Ukraine.
It is several kilometres by land and 12 kilometres by water through the Kyiv Reservoir from the villages of Katyuzhanka and Kozarovichi, where for a month Russian invaders killed and held hostage the local population, controlling almost all departures from the villages. At that time, from the occupied villages in the direction of Rovzhiv, Ukrainian defenders organised a boat crossing for civilians across the reservoir.
Credit: Olena Stavytska