Russia deliberately targeted Ukrainian agricultural mogul, official says

31 July, 05:54 PM
Consequences of a Russian projectile hitting the house of the Vadaturskyi family (Photo:Mykolaiv Regional Prosecutor's Office)

Consequences of a Russian projectile hitting the house of the Vadaturskyi family (Photo:Mykolaiv Regional Prosecutor's Office)

Russian forces deliberately targeted the home of Oleksiy Vadaturskyi, founder and owner of Nibulon, Ukraine’s largest grain enterprise, killing him and his wife Raisa, Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak said in a Telegram post on July 31.

According to Podolyak, a Russian missile striking the very bedroom of Vaturskyi’s house indicates the attack was a premeditated assassination.

“I repeat: Vadaturskyi was clearly a target,” said Podolyak.

The official noted Vadaturskyi’s contribution to developing Ukrainian agricultural sector, and running one of the biggest employers in southern Ukraine. Vadaturskyi was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine – the country’s top civilian honor – in 2007.

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“Russian barbarians proceed with their terror campaign, seeking to de-moralize, destabilize, and break Ukrainian society,” Podolyak added.

“The Kremlin maniacs think that high-profile acts of terror... would coerce Ukrainians into submitting, throwing the gates open, and surrendering their state. We are deeply pained by every such atrocity, but we endure and emerge ever more determined.”

Podolyak noted that terror campaigns have never forced a surrender in history.

“Russia made a grave mistake when it chose this treacherous path,” the official said.

“Russia will stain world history with its dark deeds.”

A Russian missile strike on Mykolayiv killed Vadaturskyi and his spouse Raisa on July 31.

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