Ukrainian forces are holding just a fifth of the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk but there is still hope that they can prevent Russia taking full control, the head of the city administration told Reuters in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
But wait… Ukraine’s defenders claim a chemical plant was struck by Russia!
Footage taken by a Ukrainian defender shows a spewing cloud of nitric acid as Russian forces pushed to take the strategic city Severodonetsk in a bid to turn the tide of the war.
Russian forces stepped up their attack on the battered city of Severodonetsk by striking a chemical plant that sent a huge cloud of smoke into the air.
Is this nitric acid? I can’t tell from the picture?
If Russia was advancing with such success, as is acknowledged, this major city is set to fall to Russian and separatist fighters would they bomb this chemical plant?
That seems counter productive.
What seems more plausible is that an attack of this type would be an act of desperation- undertaken by a force on the verge of losing ground as an attempt to stave off the inevitable
A Russian source said: “Footage has emerged of an explosion of a chemical tanker, presumably containing nitric acid, set off by the Ukrainian armed forces at the Azot plant in Severodonetsk.”