Ammonia leak at Sumy chemical plant in Ukraine after Russian airstrike

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The governor of Sumy Oblast Dmytro Zhyvytsky announced on Monday that ammonia leaked from the Sumykhimprom chemical plant at 4:30 a.m. local time. He claimed that the plant was hit during a Russian airstrike.

The estimated area of contamination is around 2.5km from the site. This includes the villages of Novoselytsya and Verkhnya Syrovatka. However, there is no threat to Sumy residents.

According to a report by Nexta, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine announced that the leak at the plant was eliminated at around 9 am local time. A 50 ton ammonia tank was damaged by the airstrike.

Earlier this month, a Russian attack near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine erupted in flames, causing international outrage. Russia had denied targeting the site. The Russian military has also seized control of the Chernobyl nuclear plant, the site of the biggest nuclear disaster in history.

On Friday, UN Crisis Coordinator Amin Awad issued a statement that the United Nations and partners had completed “the first convoy of urgent humanitarian aid to the city of Sumy, one of the most war-affected areas of the country.”

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