Russia hit ‘nitric acid tank’ in Ukraine’s Severodonetsk: Governor

Russia hit a tank of nitric acid at a chemical plant in Severodonetsk, a city in Ukraine’s Luhansk region, the local governor said. Sergiy Gaiday, the governor, urged people to stay inside the shelters.

Nitric acid is dangerous if inhaled, swallowed or even comes into contact with the skin.

The governor said on Telegram that the airstrike by Russian forces “hit a nitric acid tank at a chemical plant”.

“Don’t come out of the shelters!” Gaday said.

Severodonetsk saw a fierce battle between Russian and Ukrainian forces.

The governor urged residents of the city to “prepare protective masks impregnated with a solution of soda”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russian airstrike on a chemical plant in Severodonetsk was “just crazy”.

But it is “no longer surprising that for the Russian military, for Russian commanders, for Russian soldiers, any madness is absolutely acceptable,” Zelensky said in an evening video address on Telegram.

AFP quoted pro-Moscow separatists as saying the tank had “exploded” in territory controlled by Ukrainian forces.

“At the Azot chemical plant, a container with chemicals exploded. Initially it was nitric acid,” Rodion Mironchik, a representative of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, said on Telegram.

(With agency contributions)

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