Two huge facilities in the city of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, intended for storing grains and vegetable oils and exporting them through the city’s port were hit by a Russian missile strike on Wednesday, the companies Vitera and Bunge, the operators of the two facilities, announced to AFP.
A spokesman for Vitera said that storage tanks for the export of vegetable oils at the commercial port in the city of Mykolaiv were “damaged by a missile strike”, which also slightly injured one person. He added that the bombing led to two of its tanks set on fire and a third tank was damaged.
This huge 160,000-tonne vegetable oil export facility was purchased in 2020 by Vitera’s owner, Glencore Group.
In turn, a spokeswoman for Bong said that the company’s facilities in Mykolaiv “were hit during the recent Russian attacks in the region,” noting that the bombing did not cause any casualties and that it was not immediately possible to assess the extent of the damage.
The Bong facility, closed from the first day of the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, includes a storage center, another for loading ships, and a vegetable oil production unit.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the export of agricultural raw materials through the ports of Mykolaiv and Odessa has stopped.
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