The risk of chemical spill in Eastern Ukraine is very high and has catastrophic implications for the health of local population and environment, according to Baskut Tuncak, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances, UN news center reports.
According to him, the threat of chemical catastrophe affected Donbas due to continued fighting. "Large chemical industrial factories are located in Donbas. Military confrontations occur in the cities near the industrial area and create according threats," he noted.
Tuncak reminded that a building containing 7 tons of chlorine was attacked on February 24. "Fortunately, the containers with gas were undamaged, but if one of them was hit, everybody within a radius of 200 m could die. If the damage were still more serious, all residents within 7.4 km would have to evacuate," he said.
UN expert urged parties to the conflict to take into account the civil character of the objects of this infrastructure and water supply systems, he also stressed that surrounding territories should be demilitarized. He also advised to provide water supply workers with necessary equipment.