Russia pummels Ukraine’s Mykolaiv, killing major grain exporter | Russia-Ukraine war News

Russian strikes hit the southern Ukrainian port metropolis, killing the proprietor of one of many nation’s largest grain-producing corporations, the native governor says.

Heavy Russian strikes have hit the southern Ukrainian port metropolis of Mykolaiv, killing the proprietor of one of many nation’s largest grain-producing and exporting corporations, the native governor has stated.

Oleksiy Vadatursky, founder and proprietor of agriculture firm Nibulon, was killed alongside along with his spouse of their house, Mykolaiv Governor Vitaliy Kim stated on Telegram on Sunday.

With its headquarters in Mykolaiv, a strategically necessary metropolis that borders the largely Russia-occupied Kherson area, Nibulon specialises within the manufacturing and export of wheat, barley and corn, and it has its personal fleet and shipyard.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described Vadatursky’s demise as “an amazing loss for all of Ukraine”, saying the businessman had been within the technique of constructing a contemporary grain market involving a community of transhipment terminals and elevators.

Three individuals had been additionally wounded within the assaults on Mykolaiv, town’s Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych instructed Ukrainian tv, including that 12 missiles had hit houses and academic amenities. He earlier described the assaults as “most likely essentially the most highly effective” on town of all the five-month-old battle.

As much as 50 grad rockets hit residential areas within the southern metropolis of Nikopol on Sunday morning, Dnipropetrovsk Governor Valentyn Reznichenko wrote on Telegram. One individual was wounded.

In the meantime, Ukrainian forces hit Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Russian-held Sevastopol early on Sunday, the Crimean port metropolis’s Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev instructed Russian media. 5 workers members had been wounded within the assault when what was presumed to be a drone flew into the courtyard on the headquarters, he stated.

The battlefield stories couldn’t be independently verified.

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The Sevastopol assault coincided with Russia’s Navy Day, which Russian President Vladimir Putin marked by asserting that the navy would obtain what he known as “formidable” hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles in coming months. These missiles can journey at 9 instances the pace of sound.

Putin didn’t point out the battle in Ukraine throughout a speech after signing a brand new naval doctrine that solid the US as Russia’s foremost rival and set out Russia’s world maritime ambitions for essential areas such because the Arctic and the Black Sea.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, delivers his speech prior to the military parade during Navy Day celebrations on the Neva River, St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, July 31, 2022. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is on the left. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech throughout Navy Day celebrations on the Neva River, St Petersburg, Russia [Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool Photo via AP Photo]

Anatol Lieven, senior analysis fellow on Russia and Europe on the Quincy Institute of Accountable Statecraft, instructed Al Jazeera that regardless of Putin’s announcement, the Russian navy will wrestle to compete with the US and NATO fleets.

“The Russian navy, floor navy no less than, is outnumbered 4 to at least one by NATO European members alone and by much more by the American navy – so by way of numbers, there is no such thing as a contest,” Lieven stated.

“The place Russia is the same as the US is in nuclear weapons, which is why President Putin repeatedly emphasises Russia’s missile know-how as a result of that is the one space by which Russia continues to be a superpower.”

“The Russian navy has at all times been thought-about to have had a comparatively excessive morale and good commanders but it surely can not realistically combat NATO … The one space the place the navy is definitely in motion is within the Black Sea and Russia can not reinforce the navy within the Black Sea.”

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No permission but for ICRC go to

Russia stated on Sunday that it had invited United Nations and Pink Cross specialists to probe the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners held by Moscow-backed separatists.

Ukraine and Russia have traded accusations over a missile strike or explosion early on Friday that appeared to have killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of battle within the front-line city of Olenivka in jap Donetsk.

The Worldwide Committee of the Pink Cross (ICRC) on Sunday condemned the assault and stated it had not but acquired permission to go to the positioning, whereas including it was not its mandate to publicly examine alleged battle crimes.

“Households should obtain pressing information of and solutions on what occurred to their family members,” it stated in a press release.

“The events should do every thing of their energy, together with by neutral investigations, to assist decide the information behind the assault and convey readability to this concern.”

The Russian defence ministry had printed a listing of fifty Ukrainian prisoners of battle killed and 73 wounded in what it stated was a Ukrainian army strike with United States-made artillery.

Ukraine’s armed forces denied duty, saying Russian artillery had attacked the jail to cover mistreatment there.

Putin says Russia ‘ready’ to allow Ukraine grain exports | Russia-Ukraine war News

Kyiv has been unable to export grain provides because of Russia’s invasion, which has despatched international meals costs hovering.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the leaders of France and Germany that Moscow was “prepared” to search for methods to ship grain caught in Ukrainian ports however demanded the West first elevate sanctions amid an escalating international meals disaster.

In a prolonged cellphone name with French President Emmanuel Macron and Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday, Putin stated the difficulties in supplying grain to world markets have been the results of “inaccurate financial and monetary insurance policies of Western nations”.

“Russia is able to assist discover choices for the unhindered export of grain, together with the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports,” Putin instructed Macron and Scholz, the Kremlin stated.

“A rise within the provide of Russian fertilisers and agricultural merchandise can even assist cut back tensions on the worldwide meals market, which, after all, would require the elimination of the related sanctions.”

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Russia’s offensive in Ukraine and Western sanctions have disrupted provides of fertiliser, wheat and different commodities from the 2 nations, fuelling issues in regards to the danger of starvation around the globe.

Russia and Ukraine produce 30 % of the worldwide wheat provide.

Quite a lot of points

Al Jazeera’s Dorsa Jabbari reporting from Moscow stated that Putin instructed Sholz and Macron that “there are a variety of points with the ships carrying Ukrainian wheat caught within the Black Sea”. The Russians are saying mines have been positioned alongside the routes by the Ukrainian military.

“Putin stated that Russia is prepared to permit the passage of these ships, roughly round 300 of them, from the primary port in Odesa in Ukraine. That’s one thing up for dialogue, however after all, that’s one thing that needs to be completed by the Russian army,” Jabbari stated.

Macron and Scholz for his or her half urged Russia to elevate the blockade of the Ukrainian port of Odesa to permit the export of grain, the French presidency stated.

Each leaders “have taken notice of the promise of the Russian president to grant ships entry to the port for the export of grain with out it being exploited militarily by Russia whether it is first cleared of mines,” the French presidency added.

Russia despatched tens of hundreds of troops into Ukraine on February 24, which prompted the West to impose sanctions in opposition to Moscow.

As Ukraine’s Western backers have been contemplating whether or not to ship extra arms provides to Kyiv, Putin additionally instructed Macron and Scholz the persevering with arms provides have been “harmful”, warning “of the dangers of additional destabilisation of the state of affairs and aggravation of the humanitarian disaster,” the Kremlin stated.

The French and German readouts of the cellphone talks made no point out of the sanctions in opposition to Russia or the Western arms provides to Ukraine.

The 2 Western leaders additionally requested Putin to carry “direct critical negotiations” along with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the German chancellor’s workplace stated.

The 2 EU leaders “insisted on a direct ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian troops,” the chancellor’s workplace stated.

Putin stated Moscow was open to resuming dialogue with Kyiv, the Kremlin stated with out mentioning the potential for direct talks between Putin and Zelensky.

Talks between Russian and Ukrainian delegations have been held each in-person and by way of video-link for the reason that Russian army offensive however have lately floor to a halt.