Russia Attacked Swedish Factory in Ukraine: Three People Died

Tuesday, 15 August 2023

Russia attacked Swedish-owned bearings maker, SKF, in Lutsk, Ukraine on the early morning of August 15, killing three workers.

According to Reuters, SKF's spokesperson Carl Bjernstam stated that the SKF plant "has been hit" during the attack on Lutsk.

"We are very sad to confirm that three of our colleagues have been killed," he added.

Bjernstam said the company would look at the consequences of the attack and damage to the factory, but added that its primary focus was on its employees and their safety.

According to the company's latest financial report, the world's biggest maker of industrial bearings has around 1,100 employees in Ukraine, the majority of whom work at its Lutsk factory.

The report also stated the factory in Lutsk accounted for around 0.5% of SKF's total production volumes in 2022.

The Russians launched a large-scale missile attack on Ukraine in the early morning of 15 August. Their missiles hit an industrial facility in Lutsk (three people were killed), residential buildings in Lviv, and an industrial facility in Dnipro (a fire broke out, and two people were injured), and explosions were also heard in Khmelnytskyi Oblast and Smila, Cherkasy Oblast.

The Russian invaders attacked Ukraine with 28 air- and sea-based missiles at around 04:00 on 15 August 2023, and Ukrainian defenders destroyed 16 Kh-101/Kh-555 and Kalibr cruise missiles.

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