One of Ukraine’s richest men killed by direct Russian strike on his bedroom

A Ukrainian business magnate has been killed with his wife in a Russian shelling attack.

Oleksiy Vadatursky, 74, died along with his wife Raisa when a missile struck their home in the southern city of Mykolaiv. Mr Vadatursky was the owner of agricultural company Nibulon, which specialises in the export of grain. He was worth an estimated $430million (£400million) and had recently received the "Hero of Ukraine" Award.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described Mr Vadatursky's death as a great loss, while his adviser suggested that Russia had targeted the tycoon directly. Mykhailo Podolyak claimed that one of the missiles struck the businessman's bedroom directly, insisting that this left "no doubt" it was a targeted attack by a guided munition.

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The region's leader Vitaliy Kim said Mr Vadatursky's contribution to the "development of the agricultural and shipbuilding industry", and the region as a whole, was "invaluable".

Mr Vadatursky's death comes just a week after a UN-brokered deal was signed between Ukraine and Russia with the aim of resuming grain exports. This was followed by a personal visit from President Zelensky to the port of Odesa to watch the first shipments leave harbour.

“The first vessel, the first ship is being loaded since the beginning of the war,” Zelensky said in front of a Turkish cargo ship.

"Port operations are underway. The port is functioning, people are working. Our side is fully prepared…we sent all the signals to our partners the UN and Turkey, and our military will guarantee security [of the shipment]."

The ship has still not left the port after being delayed by security checks. It is expected to depart on Monday morning.

Ukraine has accused Russian forces of looting grain from farms on occupied land and exporting it through occupied Crimea. Russia denies the claims.


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