Ukrainians shelter from Russian shelling under chemical plant

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Ukrainians shelter from Russian shelling under chemical plant

https://str.sg/w2tBKYIV (REUTERS) - A number of civilians are sheltering from Russian shelling under a chemical plant in the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk and authorities fear it may still have stocks of dangerous materials, the regional governor told Reuters on Wednesday (June 1).

Russian forces entered the city, the largest still held by Ukraine in the eastern Luhansk region, late last week after weeks of shelling as they try to take full control of the industrial Donbas region.Ukraine on Tuesday said a Russian air strike hit a nitric acid tank in Sievierodonetsk, releasing a large pink cloud.

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Sievierodonetsk mayor says just 20% of city in Ukrainian handsKYIV: Ukrainian forces are holding just a fifth of the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk but there is still hope that they can prevent Russia taking full control, the head of the city administration told Reuters in a telephone interview on Wednesday (Jun 1). Russian forces entered the eastern Ukrainian city,

Copy to clipboard https://str.On Monday (May 30), local residents charged electric devices from generators and exchanged food and clothes at impromptu street markets, while at an empty bus station Russian state television blared out from a giant screen brought in by officials.LinkedIn KYIV: A Ukrainian court sentenced two captured Russian soldiers to 11 and a half years in jail on Tuesday (May 31) for shelling a town in eastern Ukraine, the second war crimes verdict since the start of Russia's invasion in February.Copy to clipboard https://str.

sg/w2tB KYIV (REUTERS) - A number of civilians are sheltering from Russian shelling under a chemical plant in the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk and authorities fear it may still have stocks of dangerous materials, the regional governor told Reuters on Wednesday (June 1). Russian forces entered the city, the largest still held by Ukraine in the eastern Luhansk region, late last week after weeks of shelling as they try to take full control of the industrial Donbas region. She had decided not to leave the city, although her apartment had been damaged. Ukraine on Tuesday said a Russian air strike hit a nitric acid tank in Sievierodonetsk, releasing a large pink cloud. Both acknowledged last week being part of an artillery unit that fired at targets in the Kharkiv region from the Belgorod region in Russia. "There are civilians there in bomb shelters, there are quite a few of them," Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Gaidai said of the Azot chemical plant, adding that there were"strong Soviet-era" bomb shelters under the factory." A man called Mr Nikolai said he had also come to charge his phone, as there was no electricity available at the train station where he now lives. "It's a privately-owned plant, we can't know 100 per cent if any chemicals are left," he said. After the verdict, the two were asked if they felt the sentence was fair and both said yes.

"We were assured that there were no (chemicals) left, but as we can see there are still some remnants," he said, referring to Tuesday's discharge. Some residents could be seen collecting essential products in boxes emblazoned with the pro-Russian 'Z' symbol. Prosecutors had asked the court to jail the Russian servicemen for 12 years, while the defence asked for leniency, saying the two soldiers had been following orders and repented. Reuters could not independently confirm the account. Gaidai said the plant was not likely to become the site of a weeks-long siege similar to the Azovstal steel complex in the southeastern city of Mariupol. One woman — who did not give her name — said few products were left after looting plagued the city. The Ukrainian military did not put up fortifications in the plant because of the chemical risk, he said. "It will not be a second Azovstal as that had a huge underground city. Moscow's capture of Mariupol helped it secure full control of the Sea of Azov coast and create a land bridge linking mainland Russia to Crimea, which it annexed from Ukraine in 2014. On May 23, a Ukrainian court sentenced a Russian soldier to life in prison for killing an unarmed civilian.

.. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has described Mariupol as"completely destroyed", but Moscow has pledged to rebuild it. which isn't there at Azot," he said. Gaidai said 70 per cent of Sievierodonetsk was held by Russian forces, 10-15 per cent was a"grey zone" and the rest was held by Ukraine. It is not known how many civilians remain. "We will defend the region to the last city, village, or resident of Luhansk region.

We will do everything possible, and even the impossible, not to let the enemy advance further," he said. REUTERS Related topics. Embed Twitter Tweet URL He said some humanitarian supplies, including water and medicine, had been built up before the Russian attack but that Ukraine had lost contact with the city's hospital. One bridge into Sievierodonetsk from the neighbouring city of Lysychansk had been destroyed and the other had been damaged but was still passable by light vehicles, Gaidai said. Gaidai, who was born in Sievierodonetsk, said he did not want to let his emotions get the better of him while his home city was being destroyed. "It is of course very painful.

But if a surgeon cries during every surgery on a patient, then he is a bad doctor," he said. Remote video URL .