Ukraine farmers rush to harvest grain from Donbas fields

STORY: A short ride away, thick layer of ash covers the ground of what used to be a huge grain silo destroyed by a Russian missile last month - its contents, last year's crop, burned-out in the fire that followed the hit.

"This settlement has been under fire for almost a month, it happens every day. There is shelling morning and evening and it is very dangerous. You have to hide quickly," said one soldier at a destroyed grain storage silo.

Images of fires and scorched fields are becoming a common feature of eastern and southern Ukrainian farmlands bordering the front-line which stretches over 600 miles.

Since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, the world's fourth largest grains exporter, Kyiv has repeatedly accused Russia of attacking infrastructure and agriculture to provoke a global food crisis and pressure the West.

Moscow, which calls its war a special military operation, blames Western sanctions and sea mines laid by Ukraine for the drop in food exports and rising global prices.

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