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Russian forces strike Ukraine’s Mykolaiv port and infrastructure for second time

Posted by Rafael Moro

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The Ukrainian port of Mykolaiv has been hit by a second missile attack, with at least two grain and vegetable oil terminals hit by missiles, according to local sources quoted by AgriCensus.

Following the Russian missile strike on 22 June, the Everi vegetable oil terminal owned by Viterra, was reportedly on fire, the report said. At the time of the attack, around 70,000 tonnes of oil could have been stored in the terminal, according to some local sources. However, AgriCensus had not been able to confirm those details.

The Greentour grain terminal, owned by Bunge, was also affected in the attack, according to the 22 June report, although it was not clear if any damage had been sustained or its extent.

When contacted by AgriCensus, Bunge confirmed the attack, saying no employees were injured as the plant had been closed since 24 February.



“Bunge’s facility in Mykolaiv was hit during the latest Russian attacks in the area. A city rescue brigade is on site for damage assistance and control. A more thorough inspection is required to assess the exact impact on the facility. We are in contact and cooperating with appropriate local authorities,” the official statement from Bunge said.

No official comment had been received from Viterra at the time of the report, AgriCensus said.

However, a Viterra spokesperson has confirmed the fire at the Everi terminal, according to reports from news agency Reuters.

An earlier strike at the Mykolaiv port had affected Bunge’s terminal and the Nika-Tera and Olvia terminals, AgriCensus wrote. Reports also suggested that the region near Ochakov port and city have also come under recent shelling, according to the report. Mykolaiv is Ukraine’s second largest port in terms of grain and oilseeds exports, accounting for around 28% of all grains, oilseeds and meals exported from 1 July to 22 February, prior to the Russian invasion on 24 February.

Source: Oils & Fats Internacional (OFI)