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Chemicals emission in Crimea: Two Ukrainian border checkpoints temporarily closed

Chaplynka and Kalanchak checkpoints are shut down due to the ongoing atmosphere pollution
20:20, 6 September 2018

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Kalanchak and Chaplynka, the checkpoints on the administrative border with the occupied Crimea are temporarily shut down because of the dangerous leak of chemicals, which took place at Titan factory in Armyansk, in the northern part of the occupied peninsula. Chongar, another Ukrainian checkpoint, is working as usual. Oleg Slobodyan, the assistant head of the State Border Guard reported that on Facebook.

'In order to save lives and health of the staff of the State Border Guard, and the citizens who reside near the state border and proceed through checkpoints (...), a decision was made to temporarily shut down checkpoints Kalanchak and Chaplynka. Currently, one can only cross the administrative border with the occupied Crimea using Chongar checkpoint, which operates as scheduled', Slobodyan wrote.  

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”.

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: Environmental disaster: what happened in Crimea's Armyansk

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.

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

Refat Chubarov, the 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.

Related: Russia takes 2 weeks to evacuate children after toxic chemical accident in occupied Crimea

Related: Crimean plant “Tytan” stops work until September 9 due to chemical emission

Related: Ukraine's Ombudsman addresses UN about environmental risk in Crimea

Related: Russia supports militants in Donbas with weapons captured during Crimea annexation

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