Ukraine: Cargill plant reportedly hit by missile

A Cargill agricultural facility near Donetsk city in Ukraine, already a victim of the country’s civil strife, may have been struck by a missile this week.

"We have received reports that there was a fire at one of the grain silos at our facility in Donetsk which the local fire brigade attended to," Cargill said in a statement. "Unconfirmed reports suggest this may have been the result of a missile hit."

No injuries and no damage to the rest of the facility has been reported, Cargill said, though the company hasn't been able to make a further assessment of the plant.

Cargill closed the sunflower processing plant on July 4 as tensions increased between Ukrainian armed forces and pro-Russian separatists. About a week later, the shuttered plant was occupied by armed intruders.

Cargill described the occupiers as "a small number of armed individuals whose intentions are not clear to us."

The Cargill plant has been operating in Ukraine for 20 years, and "plays an important role in the local and regional economy," the company said.

The strife in eastern Ukraine is taking an increasing toll on the country's economy.

Vladislav Vorotonikov

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