Russia exports looted steel worth $600 million from Ukraine

18:17 22 July Kyiv, Ukraine

Yuri Ryzhenkov, CEO of the Ukrainian company Metinvest, which owns the Azovstal plant and MMK im. Ilyich in occupied Mariupol said that Russia was stealing Ukrainian steel paid for by European customers.
 
According to Ryzhenkov, after the capture of Mariupol, Russia began to export steel from its factories to its territory in order to sell it on domestic markets, as well as to countries in Africa and Asia. At the same time, thousands of tons of steel were destined for customers in Europe and the UK, who have already paid for them.
"What they're doing is essentially called robbery. They steal not only our products, they also steal products that already belong to European buyers. Thus, they not only steal from us, they steal from the Europeans too,” Ryzhenkov said.
Azovstal and MMK named after Ilyich accounted for 40% of the total metallurgical production in Ukraine.

Earlier, due to the destruction of Azovstal, a lawsuit against Russia was filed by billionaire Rinat Akhmetov with the European Court of Human Rights. Metinvest is a subsidiary of its System Capital Management group. the Russian military was accused of blockade, looting, diverting flows, and destroying grain and steel.