MOSCOW, August 11 (RIA Novosti) - If the attacks on the Ukrainian city of Horlivka continued, it could lead to an ecological disaster, said in a statement Pavel Brykov, the spokesman of Stirol chemical plant.
“Due to the irresponsible actions of the Ukrainian Army, the citizens of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus are in constant danger of an ecological disaster, the scale of which it is impossible to predict,” he said.
According to Brykov, if the plant is hit, it can lead to the spill of the so-called “blood poison”, mono nitrochlorobenzene, that will impact the area of 300 kilometers (186 miles) around the plant.
Stirol chemical plant is a potentially hazardous facility and one of the oldest enterprises of chemical branch in Ukraine. Horlivka and Stirol chemical plant have been under attacks over the past several weeks. Brykov said that the attacks continued every day and could be expected at any moment.
Kiev has been leading a military operation in southeastern Ukraine since mid-April, trying to suppress the independence supporters who have refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new government. Hundreds of people, including civilians, have died in the region. Moscow has described the ongoing military action as a punitive operation and repeatedly called on Kiev to put an end to the bloodshed.