Ukraine investigates the death of agricultural businessman Vadaturskyi in a Russian attack in Mykolaiv

Ukraine investigates the death of agricultural businessman Vadaturskyi in a Russian attack in Mykolaiv

Lviv (Ukraine), Aug 2 (EFE).- The death by a Russian attack of the prosperous Ukrainian businessman Oleksiy Vadaturskyipromoter of the agricultural success of his country and of recognized integrity, causes consternation and also the suspicion that it may precede a new blockade of ports.

Newly appointed Attorney General Andriy Kostin said Monday that investigators are looking into the possibility that the deaths of Vadatursky and his wife Raisa are intentional homicides.

Both died on July 31 in what the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskycalled one of the “most brutal” attacks against Mikoláiv (south) since the beginning of the invasion, with more than 40 Russian missiles launched against various targets in the port city.

Several of them hit the bedroom of the tycoon’s large home, while, according to presidential adviser Mijaílo Podolyak, no other buildings in the area were damaged.

The president of the Mikolaiv regional council, Hanna Zamaziieva, told channel 24 TV that his death may be connected to the food crisis that she said Russia is trying to foment on a global scale.

He added that Vadaturskyi planned to visit Turkey in the coming days, a key country in attempts to resume the export of millions of tons of grain blocked in Ukrainian ports since the beginning of the invasion.

The businessman, whose company owns 81 ships, was actively involved in efforts to increase grain exports through alternative routes and his fleet is involved in transporting grain through Danube ports.

Vadatursky, 74, owned Nibulon, one of the largest agricultural holding companies in Ukraine, responsible for exporting 5.64 million tons of grain to 38 countries in 2021, which under the tutelage of the businessman he developed in the last 30 years modern storage terminals and other export facilities in Mykolaiv and other parts of the country.

The businessman also helped restore life to the city’s shipyards and to the Ukrainian river fleet in general, and in November he signed a contract to build five military ships for the sea guard of the Ukrainian Border Service.

Vadaturskyi was ranked twenty-fourth in the ranking of the richest men in Ukraine last year and his fortune is valued at 430 million dollars, according to the Ukrainian edition of Forbes.

However, unlike many other tycoons in the country, he avoided getting involved in politics and earned a reputation as an incorruptible businessman who emphasized the transparency of his corporation and collaborated with reputable international companies and institutions, such as the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

After the start of the invasion, he remained in Mikolaiv to continue managing his company, some of whose properties had been damaged, and helped finance the local territorial defense units of the Ukrainian Army.

Ukraine’s former Deputy Prosecutor General David Sakvarelidze believes that Russian forces killed Vadaturskyi to intimidate all businessmen who support efforts to repel the invasion, he wrote on his Facebook account.

Another businessman, Dimitry Vasylev, speculated that behind the attack could be the intention to prevent Nibulon from suing for the theft of grain by Russian forces in the occupied city of Kherson, which, according to kyiv, Russia wants to export through ports on the annexed Crimean peninsula.

The chief editor of the Russian network RT, Margarita Simonyan, reported Vadaturskyi’s “liquidation” through her Telegram account and referred to him as one of the patrons of the former Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko.

Although he first branded his death as part of Ukraine’s “denazification” program, he later speculated that Vadaturskyi might have been assassinated on the orders of President Zelensky or his inner circle.

However, the governor of the Mikoláiv military administration, Vitalii Kim, warned on Tuesday that the businessman’s death may have been accidental, despite everything, since his home was near a military base.

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