STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

United Nations warns of deadly chlorine gas disaster in Ukraine

The United Nations raised an alarm that an escalation of fighting between pro-Russian separatist fighters and Ukrainian troops could lead to a deadly chlorine gas disaster.

Published: 08th November 2017 11:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th November 2017 11:50 PM   |  A+A-

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday concerning North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan. (File | AP)

The United Nations said that the fighting between pro-Russian separatist fighters and Ukrainian troops could lead to a deadly chlorine gas disaster. |AP

By AFP

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations on Wednesday raised an alarm that an escalation of fighting in east Ukraine could lead to a deadly chlorine gas disaster.

Fighting between pro-Russian separatist fighters and Ukrainian troops has intensified near water, electricity and gas stations, threatening supplies in the Donetsk region as winter approaches.

Two water filter stations on both sides of the frontline dividing eastern Ukraine have been shelled over recent days.

"The UN is also extremely concerned about the possible release of hazardous chlorine gas stored at both filter stations. If a single 900-kilogram gas container is hit, anyone within 200 meters might receive fatal dose of the poisonous gas," said the UN resident coordinator Neal Walker in a statement.

Some 1.1 million Ukrainians could be deprived of clean water as a result of the fighting, he said.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict in east Ukraine that broke out in April 2014.

Ukraine and its Western allies accuse Russia of plotting and backing the separatists in retaliation for the February 2014 ouster of Kiev's Kremlin-backed regime.

Moscow denies playing any role in the war and accuses the West of plotting an illegal "coup" in 2014 that saw Russia lose control of its western neighbor.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp