US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby told CNN on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin “absolutely has weaponized food” in his invasion of Ukraine.
Kirby said the administration of US President Joe Biden and partner nations are working to overcome an export blockade that’s causing a global food shortage.
Russia’s export blockade, Kirby acknowledged, “is going to have a global impact.”
An explosion near the Ministry of Internal Affairs building in Russian-occupied Melitopol in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region injured at least four people, according to a local official.
The pro-Russian deputy head of the Internal Affairs Ministry, Alexey Selivanov described the blast in a Telegram post as a “terrorist” act by what he called “Ukrainian militants.”
An IED was hidden in a trash can near to the ministry building, and a girl walking past was seriously injured, along with at least one man, Selivanov said. He also said security forces were on the scene.
Earlier this week, CNN reported Russia’s war in Ukraine could push up to 49 million people into famine or famine-like conditions because of its devastating impact on global food supply and prices, per UN estimates.