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Similar problems are found throughout the country’s economy, which the World Bank has expected to contract by 45% this year because of the war.

“The main problem we have with transporting our product to the border is that, as you know, the closest border to us is over 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) away and there are fuel shortages. “, said Tarasevich.

The world must also adapt. Supermarkets rationed sunflower oil sales in the UK, Spain, Italy, Greece and elsewhere after average prices per metric ton jumped around 58% to $2,361 in March from the previous month, according to economic data website

Russia is also a key exporter of sunflower oil, and Western sanctions have made the supply shortage even more acute. Together, exports from Russia and Ukraine account for 55% of global supply, the UN food agency said.

The United States may meet domestic demand for sunflower oil with its own crops, but food experts warn U.S. prices could also start to soar as global buyers seek alternative suppliers.

“It’s not just a military war,” Tarasevich said. “It is also an economic war, because the world depends on Ukrainian products. So now Russia is creating problems not only for Ukraine, but also for the whole world.

For now, however, he has problems closer to home – Russian soldiers and rockets.