Grain tycoon’s death ‘a huge loss for Ukraine’, says Zelensky

VUkraine’s President Olodimir Zelensky described the death of grain trader Oleksiy Vadatursky as “a great loss for all of Ukraine”.

Mykolaiv Governor Vitaly Kim said Russian missiles struck the port city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine on Sunday, killing Vadatursky and his wife, the founder and owner of the agricultural company Nibulon.

Witnesses saw torches burning in the couple’s home hours before they were killed in a targeted attack called by Russian spies.

Mr Zelensky said the businessman – one of Ukraine’s richest, Forbes estimated his 2021 net worth at $430 million (£352m) – is building a modern grain market with a network of transshipment terminals and lifts. was.

“It’s the people, it’s the companies, right in the south of Ukraine, that have guaranteed the world’s food security,” Zelensky said in his nightly address. “It always was. And it will be like this once again.”

He added that Ukraine’s social and industrial potential, “our people, our capabilities, are certainly more powerful than any Russian missile or projectile”.

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