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Ukraine's Ombudsman addresses UN about environmental risk in Crimea

Lyudmyla Denisova called the UN for joining the mutual struggle for the restoration of the rights of Crimean peninsula population for environment, safe for life and health
08:53, 6 September 2018

Press-service of the Cabinet of Ministers

Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s Ombudsman, appealed to Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, and Jan Dussek, the Director and Representative of the European Fund of UN Environment Programme, due to the emission of chemicals at Titan plant in the occupied Armyansk.  She wrote about it on her Facebook page.

“I addressed to Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, and Jan Dussek, the Director and Representative of the European Fund of UN Environment Programme urgently. I called them for joining the mutual struggle for the restoration of the rights of Crimean peninsula population for the environment, safe for life and health,” Denisova stated.

Related: Environmental disaster: what happened in Crimea's Armyansk

She told that Crimea’s inhabitants complain that there is a greasy mud with a yellow shade on the roofs, steel objects and in the apartments. Air smells like an acid, it’s hard to breathe. The Ombudsman stressed that Crimea’s occupation authorities hide the real level of the environmental risk.

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

Related: Ukrainian border guards suffer poisoning on administrative border with Crimea

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.

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