Ukraine’s ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih steelworks hit in missile attack: administration

The site of ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih’s pig iron and steel works in Ukraine was subject to a missile attack overnight, the local administration of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, where the mill is situated, said in an alert published Dec. 5.

The local government website added that three rockets were launched by Russian occupation forces in the night between Dec. 4-5 targeting the Kryviy Rih and Nikopol districts, with one causing a fire at the ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih industrial site. The fire has subsequently been extinguished, the alert said.

A spokesperson for ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih declined to comment on whether the mill had incurred any damage in the attack.

The local administration report said that one employee had been killed and several others wounded.

The facility was already operating at a technical minimum rate.

On Dec. 3, parent company ArcelorMittal said it was deeply concerned about the situation in Ukraine and the threat to its employees and had decided to idle its steelmaking operations at Kryviy Rih to ensure the safety and security of staff and assets.

It commenced banking all the mill’s blast furnaces straightaway, with the process set to take 7-10 days.

— Ekaterina Bouckley