Grain tycoon Oleksiy Vadaturskyy and his wife, Raisa, died in the attack on Sunday, according to a statement from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Vadaturskyy was the founder of Mykolaiv-based Nibulon, one of Ukraine’s largest grain producing and export companies.
The businessman’s death was a “great loss for Mykolaiv … and all of Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said. “For more than 50 years of his career, Oleksiy Vadaturskyy made an invaluable contribution to the development of the region and the development of the agricultural and shipbuilding industries of our country.”
Ukrainian grain tycoon Oleksiy Vadaturskyy and his wife, Raisa, died in a Russian air strike.
Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said cluster munitions blew out windows and destroyed balconies. “Mykolaiv was under mass shelling today. Probably the strongest one of all time,” he said in a statement.
A CNN team on the ground heard the explosions caused by the strikes and saw fires that broke out in the shelling. Residents interviewed by CNN also said it was the heaviest shelling in the city since the start of the war.
In a speech commemorating Russia’s Navy Day in Saint Petersburg, Putin did not make any mention of Russia’s war in Ukraine, but said his country’s “current situation is demanding very decisive actions.”
“We will provide protection firmly and by all means. The key here is the capabilities of the Navy, which is able to respond with lightning speed to anyone who decides to encroach on our sovereignty and freedom,” Putin said.
Putin said delivery of the country’s Zircon hypersonic cruise missile systems would begin in the coming months. Russia said in May that it successfully tested the Zircon missile over a distance of 1000km.
Vadaturskyy and his wife were sheltering in the basement at home when they were killed in a direct hit that reduced parts of their mansion to debris. It remains unclear whether he was intentionally targeted by the Russians.
A statement from Vadaturskyy’s company, Nibulon, said he was a “true hero and patriot” who had stayed in Mykolaiv to help the strategically important port throughout Russia’s invasion.
He always believed in Ukraine and directed his efforts to its development and prosperity,” the statement said.
Neighbours expressed their shock and anger at the attack.
“We don’t know what to do. We hate Russia,” said Maxim, who has lived in the area for almost 20 years.
“It’s unbelievable that in one moment it can destroy everything.”