The BBC is reporting Russian-appointed officials in occupied southern Ukraine say Russia is sending grain from occupied areas to the Middle East via Crimea.
Yevgeny Balitsky said trains carrying grain had left Zaporizhzhia region, where he runs Russian-held areas.
He told Russian state TV “the main contracts are being concluded with Turkey”.
Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014.
The grain is to be shipped from there, Balitsky said, without specifying quantities or type.
A Russian official in Crimea, Oleg Kryuchkov, said the first train carrying grain had arrived from Melitopol, a city in Zaporizhzhia.
Ukraine accuses Russia of having stolen about 600,000 tonnes of grain and exported some of it.
The BBC says it has been unable to verify details of the reported shipments.
Countries in the Middle East are heavily dependent on imports of grain from Ukraine and Russia, especially wheat.