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Chemical emission in Crimea: Ukraine prepares appeal to OPCW

Currently, the Ukrainian side is gathering evidence
19:10, 12 September 2018

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine prepared the project of appeal to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons because of the chemical emission in Crimea and would send it after gathering evidence. Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin claimed this, as Ukrainian News report.

‘We have a prepared draft but we will refer it when we get all evidence. As of today, we don’t have clear evidence regarding the chemical weapon. No doubt, if we don’t provide any evidence, then Russia will use it against us and will try to represent it as a deliberate provocation. Nevertheless, we contacted the secretariat, as soon as we get the evidence – will use them,’ Klimkin noted.

Related: Russian combat aircraft put on alert in Crimea

He added that in the absence of adequate evidence, Russia justifies the current situation in Armyansk by the absence of water supply to Crimea.

As we reported, an unknown substance was discharged in the air in Armyansk, North Crimea. A greasy mud with a yellow shade appeared on metallic objects, roofs, and leaves on the trees.   

Related: Chemicals emission in Crimea: 59 people leave peninsula, head to mainland Ukraine

Later, Sergey Aksyonov, “head” of the annexed Crimea claimed that the situation with the discharge of the unknown substance in the air goes beyond the norms.  

Related: Crimean Tatar political prisoner to pay with his life for refusing to collaborate with Russia’s FSB?

Moreover, toxic chemicals were detected in the air in the Kherson region, southern Ukraine.  

Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Crimean Tatars’ Mejlis claimed that the evacuation of the children due to the emission of the unknown substance has begun in Armyansk.  

Earlier it was reported that the hit of the shells at the technological tanks during the training of the detachments of the Armed Forces of Russia became the reason for the chemical emission at the plant “Crimean Tytan”.  

Related: Chemical emission in Crimea: situation normalized

On September 6, it was reported that the plant on the production of the titanium dioxide, the subsidiary of “Titanium investments” in Crimean Armyansk will completely stop to work on Sunday, September 9.  

Reportedly, 61 Ukrainian border guards were affected by the emission of chemicals. Five of them have been hospitalized. They are in Odessa Clinical Hospital of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGS), the results of their tests will be known today.  

Related: Border Guard Service comments on detention of Ukrainians in annexed Crimea

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