Russian Missile Takes Out Ukrainian Grain Tycoon

A Ukrainian grain mogul and his wife were killed after the southern city of Mykolaiv came under intense shelling on Sunday, according to Ukrainian officials, as Russian President Vladimir Putin used his nation's Navy Day to issue more militaristic threats to anyone undermining Russia's "sovereignty and freedom."

By DailyNewsUG Correspondent,

A prominent Ukrainian businessman died alongside his wife amid heavy Russian shelling overnight in the southern city of Mykolaiv.

Oleksiy Vadatursky, 74, was a towering presence in the Ukrainian grain business and ranked the country’s 24th richest man; he had also won a “Hero of Ukraine” award, an honor conferred by the nation’s president.

As the Daily Mail reported, Ukrainian officials said that Sunday’s shelling was the “strongest” on the city to date, damaging two schools, a sports complex, a hotel, and various homes.

An adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky said that he suspected the attack, which hit Vadatursky’s bedroom, was targeted.

Vadatursky’s death comes amid a food crisis, with a huge amount of grain trapped at Ukrainian ports. A UN-brokered deal between Russia and Ukraine to re-open some of those ports was nearly derailed earlier this month, but the first shipment is expected to go out tomorrow.

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 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).

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