International experts warn of a chemical threat in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Experts note that the east of Ukraine was one of the centers of the chemical industry of the country, and Ukraine is "one of the largest producers of chemicals in Europe"
21:03, 16 August 2018


There is a problem of chemical threat in Ukrainian Donbas, which was repeatedly discussed at various talks by the OSCE representatives. This was stated by the coordinator of OSCE projects in Ukraine, Ambassador Vaidotas Verba during the press conference, reports Ukrinform.

"This is one of the issues in the OSCE competence. I did not accidentally say that chemical threats have no borders, there is no line of delimitation for the chemical threat ... For some reason, we cannot conduct activities in certain parts of the country," the OSCE coordinator noted.

"We signaled in different formats of negotiations as I myself worked with people who participated in the Minsk talks, that, despite a number of military issues, there are other things that concern people, this can threaten the population. We tried to convey through different channels to all parties that the chemical threat is in fact a very serious issue," Verba added.

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In his turn, the director of the International Center for Chemical Protection and Security (ICCSS) in Warsaw Krzysztof Paturej said that the east of Ukraine was one of the centers of chemical industry of the country, and Ukraine is "one of the largest producers of chemicals in Europe."

"As a result of the conflict, some of their facilities were abandoned, there are warehouses where chemicals are simply dumped, they are not protected, therefore there are real threats of "chemical issues " in the east of Ukraine," the expert said.

Paturej added that, considering all the risks, the programs introduced by the Ukrainian government and the OSCE are important to prove that "the situation is under control and that chemicals cannot be used for ill purposes - for example, for terrorism or for military operations."

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As it was reported earlier, militants started to flood Yunkom mine in a temporarily occupied Yenakiyeve of Donetsk region. Almost 40 years ago there has been a nuclear explosion performed with an aim to relieve the tension in the mountain massif. Thus, Donbas residents are facing the danger of radiation poisoning, in particular through the poisoning of drinking water.  

As it was reported earlier, out of 4 thousand dangerous objects established by Swiss experts, 17 represent a "radiation hazard". The most dangerous mine can be the Yunkom mine in Yenakiyeve, the city of steel and coal in the separatist Donetsk People's Republic, which is proud not only of its fellow countryman, Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Beregov, but also of former president Viktor Yanukovych who fled to Russia. Here in 1979, the Soviet Union tested the atomic bomb deep underground.

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