One of the deadliest bombings in the Russia In the city of Mykolayiv, among others, the owner of one of the country’s most important farms was killed. The victim is called Oleksiy Vadaturskyi, majority shareholder and chief executive officer of conglomerate Nibulon LLC. Both he and his wife were killed after one of the rockets hit his mansion. Sein is one of the largest Ukrainian companies: Nibulon operates its own export port for grain and oilseeds Mykolayivand storage facilities Grain throughout Ukraine with a capacity of 2.25 million tons. Vadaturskyi, 74, received the country’s highest award, the title of Hero of Ukraine, in 2007 for his contribution to its development. And precisely because of his role in the grain trade, he caused controversy: according to Kyiv, his death was planned and not accidental.
The hours-long bombing on Sunday before dawn damaged a hotel, a sports complex, two schools, an auto repair shop and several blocks of flats and set fires in the city, the regional government said. “Mykolaiv suffered a massive artillery attack, possibly the largest ever,” Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich said on social media.
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Mykhailo Podoliak, a senior adviser to Ukraine’s president, said he believes Mr Vadaturskyi was deliberately assassinated because of his role as one of southern Ukraine’s biggest employers. “The precise hit of a missile not only in the building but in a specific wing, the bedroom, leaves no doubt that it was a targeted attack,” he wrote on social media. “The Russian barbarians are conducting a campaign of terror and are trying to intimidate, destabilize and destroy Ukrainian society.”
Although Russia has not officially commented on Vadaturskyi’s death, political commentators from the state-controlled media, including Margarita Simonyan, the head of the Kremlin TV channel RT, rejoiced at the death of the Ukrainian businessman. “This is denazification in action,” he wrote, echoing Moscow’s false claim that Ukraine was being ruled by the Nazis.
Zelenskyi praised Vadaturskyi, who founded the company in 1991, the year of Ukraine’s independence, for choosing to remain in Mykolayiv while the city was under attack from Russia, unlike many other oligarchs who sought refuge abroad.