Russian forces hit a tank containing nitric acid at a chemical plant in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, which they are trying to seize, the local governor said on Tuesday, calling on people to stay in shelters.
An airstrike by Moscow forces “hit a nitric acid tank at a chemical plant,” Lugansk region governor Sergiy Gaiday said on Telegram. “Nitric acid is dangerous if inhaled, swallowed and in contact with the skin,” he added.
“Don’t come out of the shelters!” Gaday said.
He asked the remaining residents of the town – which has seen fierce battles for days – to “prepare protective masks impregnated with a soda solution”.
Pro-Moscow separatist authorities said the tank “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.
He said that the territory of the factory was under Ukrainian control.
Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday that advancing forces from Moscow now control half of Severodonetsk, a key target for the Russian military.
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