The company of Ukraine's richest man produces war shelters for Ukrainian soldiers

The capsules are manufactured at Metinvest's plant in Zaporizhzhia which has been partially occupied by Russian forces.
Nergis Firtina
The Metinvest capsule.
The Metinvest capsule.


The Russian-Ukrainian war, which started with the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, has been going on for months. This war, which completely changed the world's agenda, was a great destruction, especially for the Ukrainians.

As the war continued with all its destruction, Rinat Akhmedov, the richest person in Ukraine, set out to produce shelter for Ukrainian soldiers.

A Ukrainian steelworks owned by billionaire Akhmetov has begun building prefabricated dugouts and shipping them to soldiers fighting against Russia on the front lines, according to Bloomberg.

Metinvest Holding LLC — of which Akhmetov is one of the investors with the highest share — is producing capsule shelters that can withstand hits from 150-millimeter shells once buried 1.5 meters (5 feet) under the ground. They can be used as hideouts during attacks, canteens, or field bathhouses.

The capsules are manufactured at Metinvest's plant in Zaporizhzhia, a city in southeast Ukraine that has been partially occupied by Russian forces.

The company of Ukraine's richest man produces war shelters for Ukrainian soldiers
The Metinvest capsule.

"We have been strengthening since the beginning of March. Wood was brought to us from six oblasts of Ukraine and equipment from 10 oblasts. Special units of engineering troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are currently working. Our task is to supply them with components in a timely manner," said Oleksandr Starukh, the head of the Zaporizhia Regional Military Administration

"We are improving our lines - they are hundreds of kilometers, they are hundreds of strongholds so that our guys have a place to stay."

Very expensive, but everything is for Ukraine

One "capsule" costs approximately 200,000 hryvnias ($5,450). Metinvest, on the other hand, provides them for free. The company's enterprises have already produced ten such structures, eight of which have been installed, and two more are in place.

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According to the military, properly equipped positions will prevent the enemy from advancing and will help save the soldiers' lives.

"In the future, we plan to make 20 pieces per month. There is a project, a drawing. We can provide it to anyone who is ready to join. This development existed even in Soviet times, but our specialists and the Armed Forces undertook to improve it, reduce its size and make it more mobile so that it would be easier to assemble under enemy fire," said the director of engineering of Zaporizhstal Mykola Petryakov.

More about Metinvest

Metinvest Group is a Ukrainian vertically integrated steel and mining conglomerate that manages the entire value chain, from mining and processing iron ore and coal to manufacturing and selling semi-finished and finished steel products.

Metinvest Group's major shareholders are Rinat Akhmetov's SCM Holdings (71.24%), Smart Holding Group (23.76%), and Clarandale Limited (5%). Metinvest's General Director and Chief Executive Officer, as well as Chairman of the Executive Committee, has been Yuriy Ryzhenkov since 2013.

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