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Ukraine's besieged farmers fear war-time harvest 'hell'

* June harvest vulnerable to fires from shelling

* Combine harvester operators unwilling to work

* Some farmers say financial resources running out

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FILE PHOTO: An employee operates a combine as he harvests wheat in a field near the village of Hrebeni in Kyiv region, Ukraine July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: An employee operates a combine as he harvests wheat in a field near the village of Hrebeni in Kyiv region, Ukraine July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: An employee operates a combine as he harvests wheat in a field near the village of Hrebeni in Kyiv region, Ukraine July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo

As 10-metre 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.

They 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.


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