Ukraine Grain Magnate Killed in Russian Strike

Ukrainian grain magnate Oleksiy Vadatursky and his wife died Sunday after a missile hit their home amid Russian shelling in Mykolaiv Oblast.

Vadatursky, 74, was the founder of the Ukrainian agricultural company Nibulon.

In 2012, local magazine Focus ranked Vadatursky and his son, Andriy, 12th among Ukraine’s 20 most successful agrarians. Forbes Ukraine recognized the grain tycoon as the 15th richest Ukrainian in 2020.

Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration head, Vitaly Kim, remembered Vadatursky’s contribution to Ukraine’s agriculture industry in a Telegram message.

“His contribution to the development of the agricultural and shipbuilding industry, the development of the region is invaluable,” Kim wrote.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also expressed his condolences to Vadatursky’s family and friends. He said that the death of the Vadatursky couple was a great loss for all of Ukraine.

Russian forces continued to attack Mykolaiv Oblast amid the exportation of Ukrainian grain. On July 29, the Russian shelling killed at least five people. Kim said the Russian forces used cluster munitions in attacking the Mykolaiv neighborhood.

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