Russian occupiers in Ukraine have forced farmers to discard huge amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables amid accusations that Putin's forces are worsening the global food crisis.
In a video clip that has emerged from the messaging app Telegram, boxes of ripe tomatoes are shown to be tossed on the roadside as the Ukrainian farmers transporting the fruit and vegetables were apparently made to discard the produce.
A caption accompanying the footage dreads: “The invaders prohibit the export of fruit and vegetables from the temporarily occupied territories.”
The produce was reportedly being transported from the now Russian-controlled city of Melitopol to Zaporizhzhia in the southeast of Ukraine when Putin’s military forces intervened at a checkpoint in Vasylivka.
Russia has previously denied accusations that the invasion of Ukraine had created a global shortage of food supplies, further inflating costs of produce across the world.
The Russian ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, recently stormed out of a Security Council meeting after fellow representatives denounced Moscow’s restriction of the international food supply.
European Council President Charles Michel claimed President Putin was using food as a “stealth missile” against Europe by blocking transport networks across Ukraine.
During an address directed towards the Russian ambassador, Mr Michel said: “The Kremlin is using food supplies as a stealth missile against developing countries.”
He continued: “The dramatic consequences of Russia’s war are spilling over across the globe.
“This is driving up food prices, pushing people into poverty, and destabilising entire regions.
“Russia is solely responsible for this looming food crisis, Russia alone.”
After his dramatic exit from the UN Security Council meeting, Mr Nebenzya described the accusations of the European Council President as “lies.”