Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Russian Navy Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov attend a parade marking Army Day in Saint Petersburg, Russia. July 31, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
By Natalia Zinets
kyiv, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Russian missiles bombarded the Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Mykolaiv as President Vladimir Putin signed a new naval doctrine that places the United States as Russia’s main rival and sets its global maritime ambitions in question. the Black Sea and the Arctic.
Putin did not mention the conflict in Ukraine during a speech marking Russian Navy Day on Sunday, but said the military unit would receive Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles in the coming months. These missiles can travel at nine times the speed of sound, overcoming air defenses.
Navy Day celebrations in the port of Sevastopol were interrupted when five members of the Russian Navy were injured in an explosion after a suspected drone flew into the Russian Black Sea Fleet yard, he told Russian media. the governor of the Crimean port city, Mikhail Razvozhayev.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the battlefield reports.
Olga Kovitidi, a member of the upper house of the Russian parliament, told the Russian news agency RIA that the attack was “undoubtedly carried out not from abroad, but from the territory of Sevastopol.”
“Urgent search operations are being carried out in the city to locate the organizers of this terrorist act,” Kovitidi said.
Mikolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said more than 12 missile strikes on Sunday – probably the most powerful on the city in five months of war – hit homes and schools, with two people confirmed dead and three wounded. The missile attacks continued until Sunday night.
Ukrainian grain tycoon Oleksiy Vadatursky, founder and owner of the Nibulon agricultural company, and his wife were killed in their home, Mikolaiv Governor Vitaliy Kim said on Telegram.
Based in Mikolaiv, a city of strategic importance bordering the mostly Russian-occupied Jershon region, Nibulon specializes in the production and export of wheat, barley and maize and has its own fleet and shipyard.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described Vadatursky’s death as “a great loss for all of Ukraine.”
Zelensky added that the businessman — one of the richest in Ukraine, with a Forbes estimated net worth of $430 million in 2021 — had been building a modern grain market with a network of transshipment terminals and elevators.
“It is these people, these companies, precisely southern Ukraine, that have ensured the world’s food security,” Zelensky said in an evening speech. “This was always like this. And it will be once again.”
Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24, sparking a conflict that has killed thousands, uprooted millions and deeply strained relations between Russia and the West.
The biggest conflict in Europe since World War II has also stoked an energy and food crisis that is punishing the world economy. Both Ukraine and Russia are major suppliers of grain.
Zelensky said Ukraine may harvest only half its usual amount this year due to disruptions in agriculture.
However, an agreement sponsored by the United Nations and Turkey that was signed on July 22 provides for the safe passage of ships transporting grain from three ports in southern Ukraine.
DANGER IN THE EAST
Zelensky said Russia has been transferring some forces from the eastern Donbass region to the southern Kherson and Zaporizhia regions.
“But that won’t help them there. None of the Russian attacks will go unanswered by our military and intelligence officials,” he said.
After failing to quickly capture the capital, kyiv, early in the war, Russia has directed its forces into eastern and southern Ukraine.
Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and kyiv says Moscow intends to do the same with the Donbass region and join it with Crimea in the south. Russian-backed separatists controlled parts of the region before the invasion.
Russia said it had invited UN and Red Cross experts to investigate the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners held by Moscow-backed separatists.
Ukraine and Russia have traded accusations over a missile attack or explosion early Friday that appears to have killed Ukrainian prisoners of war in the town of Olenivka, east of Donetsk, in the front line of fire.
The International Committee of the Red Cross condemned the attack and said it had not received permission to visit the site, adding that it was not its mandate to publicly investigate alleged war crimes.
(Reporting from Reuters newsrooms; written by Michael Perry; edited in Spanish by Benjamín Mejías Valencia)