Zelensky says Ukrainian agro-industrial tycoon killed in Russian shelling

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian troops fired dozens of rockets and missiles at the city of Nikolaev in the south of the country over the weekend, killing agricultural tycoon Aleksey Vadatursky.

Vadatursky owns the Nibulon company, which last year exported more than 5.6 million tons of wheat, barley, corn and other agricultural products to 38 countries.

His wife Raisa also died in the shellingZelensky said.

“It is these people, such companies, our Ukrainian south that have guaranteed the food security of the world. It has always been so. And it will happen again,” Zelensky said on Sunday.

“Russian terrorists should not even hope that they will be able to destroy the social and industrial Ukraine’s potential and walk through the ruins.

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Nibulon confirmed Vadatursky’s death on Saturday, saying the businessman stayed in his native Mykolaiv to help the city after the Russian invasion earlier this year.

“The entire seven thousandth staff of the NIBULON company and all of Ukraine suffered an irreparable loss,” the company said in a statement.

A combine harvester drives through a wheat field during harvesting for the ZAT Nibulon agricultural company in Nikolaev, Ukraine.

A combine harvester drives through a wheat field during harvesting for the ZAT Nibulon agricultural company in Nikolaev, Ukraine.
(Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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Both Russia and Ukraine supply the world with grain, raising the possibility of food insecurity caused by the war.

Countries came to an agreement last week ensure the safe passage of ships carrying grain from the southern ports of Ukraine. Zelensky said on Friday that Ukraine is ready to release the first batch of grain from the Odessa region.