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Grain tycoon Oleksiy Vadaturskyy was killed in the attack on Mykolaiv, Ukraine on July 31. (Facebook)

A Ukrainian grain tycoon and his wife were killed after the southern city of Mykolaiv was bombed on Sunday, Ukrainian officials say, as Russian President Vladimir Putin used his country’s Navy Day to issue threats more militaristic to anyone who undermines the “sovereignty and freedom” of Russia. .”

Grain tycoon Oleksiy Vadaturskyy and his wife, Raisa, died in the attack, according to a statement from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Vadaturskyy was the founder of Mykolaiv-based Nibulon, one of Ukraine’s largest grain production and export companies.

“It is a great loss for the Mykolaiv region and for the whole of Ukraine,” Zelensky said. “For more than 50 years of his career, Oleksiy Vadaturskyy has made an invaluable contribution to the development of the region and to the development of the agricultural and naval industries of our country.”

Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said cluster munitions blew out windows and destroyed balconies. “Mykolaiv suffered massive shelling today. Probably the strongest ever,” he said in a statement.

A CNN crew on the ground heard explosions from the strikes and saw fires that broke out during the shelling. Residents interviewed by CNN also said it was the most violent bombardment of the city since the start of the war.

At least one person was killed and two injured in the attack, according to Vitalii Kim, head of the Mykolaiv regional military administration.

A firefighter works to put out a fire in an apartment building in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, in this photo released July 31.
A firefighter struggles to put out a fire at a building in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, in this photo released July 31. (Ukrainian State Emergency Service in the Mykolaiv region/Reuters)

“Lightning speed”: In a speech commemorating Russian Navy Day in St. Petersburg, Putin made no mention of Russia’s war in Ukraine, but said “the current situation in his country demands very decisive actions.”

“We will provide firm protection by all means. The key here lies in the capabilities of the Navy, which is able to respond with lightning speed to anyone who decides to encroach on our sovereignty and our freedom,” he said. said Putin.

Putin said delivery of the country’s Zircon hypersonic cruise missile systems would begin in the coming months. Russia said in May it had successfully tested the Zircon missile over a distance of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).

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