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Ukraine’s Farmers, Contending With Stolen Grain and Mined Fields, Now Say Land Is Being Seized

Land ‘nationalization’ in occupied parts heaps more misery on Ukraine’s beleaguered farming industry, and threatens to further crimp food supplies

By Alistair MacDonald and Thomas Grove | Photographs by Guillaume Binet for The Wall Street Journal

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine—Last month, an armed group turned up at Dmitry Skorniakov’s farm close to Mariupol and told workers that the land was being “nationalized” and now belonged to them.

Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has captured some of the most productive agricultural land in what is one of the world’s great breadbaskets, disrupting supplies and pushing up food prices. Russian forces have also stolen grain and equipment, the Ukrainian government and farmers say. Now, entire farms are being taken, some farmers say.

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