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Ukraine opens criminal proceeding due to pollution of Black Sea by occupants

After the annexation of Crimea, the Russian Federation began to use dike of Nyzhne-Churbash reservoir in Kerch city for the illegal sand mining
13:35, 7 February 2019

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Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Chief Department of the National Police in Crimea and Sevastopol have opened the criminal case on the illicit pollution of the Black Sea coastline, as the press service of the office reported.

“It is established that after the occupation of the Crimean peninsula, the Russian Federation began to use dike of Nyzhne-Churbash reservoir in Kerch city for the illegal sand mining. The volume of the mined sand increases day by day, and the mud hits the city beach as the leaking goes right to the canal,” the message said.

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The prosecutor’s office added that the toxic substances come to the Black Sea and endangers the health of the population and environment.

The investigators opened the criminal proceeding due to this fact on violation of the protection and use of subsurface on February 4.

Related: Military training with Black Sea Fleet held in annexed 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.   

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

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On September 6, 2018, 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 were hospitalized. 

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