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Russian missile hits chef José Andrés’ Ukrainian food train

A train carrying food on its way to supply celebrity chef José Andrés’ relief mission in Ukraine was hit by a missile on Wednesday.

Andrés tweeted that a train carrying food bound for one of his community kitchens was destroyed by a Russian missile somewhere in eastern Ukraine.

One carriage was destroyed, he said, but the food in the rest of the train was salvageable. No one was injured in the attack, Andrés said.

The food was part of World Central Kitchen, Andrés’ nonprofit dedicated to feeding victims of natural disasters. This is the first time the organization has operated in a war zone.

Thirty-four pallets of food were destroyed during the strike, said WCK CEO Nate Mook.

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Relief efforts by Chief José Andrés have been active in Ukraine since March.
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Mook said the attack took place 2,000 feet from a passenger station, but did not provide further details as to the location of the train.

Russia has targeted railway infrastructure in eastern Ukraine in the past.

WCK has been operating throughout Ukraine since the early days of the war. In April, the organization partnered with local organizations to distribute some 300,000 meals a day in Ukraine and nearby refugee camps.

Wednesday is not the first time a WCK operation has been affected. At least one person was killed in April when a Russian airstrike hit a WCK kitchen in Kharkiv.


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