Russia\u0026#039;s war is devastating food supply chains across Ukraine, leaving barren shelves at the grocery stores and warehouses that are still standing, a United Nations hunger official told reporters Friday.\r\n\r\n\u0022Movements of goods have slowed down due to insecurity and the reluctance of drivers.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The country\u0026#039;s food supply chain is falling apart. Movements of goods have slowed down due to insecurity and the reluctance of drivers,\u0022 said Jakob Kern, U.N. World Food Program (WFP) emergency coordinator for the Ukraine crisis, according to Reuters.\r\n\r\nThe WFP official specifically expressed alarm about \u0022encircled cities\u0022 such as Mariupol, which has endured intense shelling by Russian forces, impeding efforts to evacuate civilians from the port city.\r\n\r\nUnderscoring the need for a \u0022meaningful sustained political process to enable a peaceful settlement,\u0022 Rosemary DiCarlo, the United Nations political chief, told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that Mariupol \u0022residents who have not been able to safely evacuate lack food, water, electricity, and medical care\u0022 while \u0022uncollected corpses lie on city streets.\u0022\r\n\r\nSeeking food can be dangerous and even deadly for people across Ukraine. As Common Dreams reported Wednesday, at least 10 people died in a Russian attack on Chernihiv while waiting in line for bread, similar to a March 3 strike—and potential war crime—in the city that claimed 47 lives.\r\n\r\nDespite dangers from the ongoing Russian assault—which has killed at least hundreds of civilians and damaged $100 billion worth of infrastructure—the WFP is providing emergency food assistance to the people in Ukraine, with operational bases set up in three locations.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhile \u0022the encircled city of Mariupol is running out of its last reserves of food and water,\u0022 the WFP said in a statement Friday, \u0022Kharkiv, Kyiv, Odessa, Dnipro, and Sumy are partially encircled but can be reached through commercial transport.\u0022\r\n\r\nDuring the briefing, Kern further warned of \u0022collateral hunger\u0022 beyond the war-torn country, saying that \u0022with global food prices at an all-time high, WFP is also concerned about the impact of the Ukraine crisis on food security globally, especially hunger hot spots.\u0022\r\n\r\nDue to inflation and the war in Ukraine—which comes in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic—the WFP is spending an extra $71 million per month on food, he noted.\r\n\r\n\u0022We are changing suppliers now but that has an impact on prices,\u0022 Kern said. \u0022The further away you buy it, the more expensive it gets.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nKern\u0026#039;s comments come after U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres earlier this week similarly raised concern about how the war will negatively impact global food supply chains.\r\n\r\n\u0022Russia and Ukraine represent more than half of the world\u0026#039;s supply of sunflower oil and about 30% of the world\u0026#039;s wheat. Ukraine alone provides more than half of the World Food Program\u0026#039;s wheat supply,\u0022 Guterres said. \u0022All of this is hitting the poorest the hardest and planting the seeds for political instability and unrest around the globe.\u0022\r\n\r\nAppearing on Democracy Now! Friday, Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and a research professor at the University of Texas at Austin, explained how farmers and working-class people globally would be affected by rising food prices.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization projected last week that disruptions to food production and exports in both Russia and Ukraine \u0022could push up international food and feed prices by 8% to 22% above their already elevated levels,\u0022 with significant consequences for the Global South.\r\n\r\nAs David Beasley, the WFP\u0026#039;s executive director, put it earlier this month: \u0022The bullets and bombs in Ukraine could take the global hunger crisis to levels beyond anything we\u0026#039;ve seen before.\u0022\r\n\r\nThis post has been updated with comment from Raj Patel.