Just days after a similar incident occurred at a chemical plant in Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) another holding tank containing hazardous chemicals has been destroyed, sending thick orange smoke billowing in the atmosphere.
LPR’s militia stated that “today, once again, a tank with nitric acid was blown up on the territory of the Zarya chemical plant in the town of Rubezhnoye, which resulted in a release of toxic substances into the environment.” They also accused Ukrainian nationalist units of using “terrorist tactics” against the civilian population and deliberately destroying infrastructure.
Sergey Gaidai, Kiev appointed governor of Lugansk has blamed the attack on artillery shelling by “orcs”, a derogatory term used by Ukrainians to describe Russian military.
Taking to Facebook Gairai warned of the hazardous of the explosion, “nitric acid is dangerous if inhaled, swallowed and in contact with skin and mucous membranes. Acid fumes are irritating to the respiratory tract.”
Footage posted online shows a large orange plume of vapour emerging from the site post the explosion.
The latest attack on the Zarya chemical plant comes only days after a similar incident at the facility. The LPR and Ukrainian forces blamed the previous attack on one another, and both highlighted the potential danger the attack posed to local residents. It is unclear if anyone was harmed in the latest attack.