MINNETONKA, Minn. — Officials with Minnesota-based Cargill say a vessel chartered by the company was hit by a missile in Ukrainian waters Thursday.
Crew members are safe and accounted for, and the vessel remains "seaworthy," according to a Cargill spokesperson.
Cargill, which is based out of Minnetonka, is one of the world's largest food corporations and has been active in Ukraine for years. Cargill has more than 500 employees in Ukraine with offices in Kyiv, Kakhovka, Lviv, Kutsovka and Braginovka, according to the company's website.
Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, unleashing airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending troops and tanks from multiple directions in a move that could rewrite the world's geopolitical landscape. Ukraine’s government pleaded for help as civilians piled into trains and cars to flee.