KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine stays in management of the Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk the place a whole bunch of civilians are sheltering, the area’s governor mentioned on Saturday, after a Russia-backed separatist claimed 300-400 Ukrainian fighters have been additionally trapped there.
“The details about the blockade of the Azot plant is a lie,” Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk area partially managed by pro-Russian separatists, mentioned on the Telegram messaging app.
“Our forces are holding an industrial zone of Sievierodonetsk and are destroying the Russian military in the city,” he wrote.
Sievierodonetsk, a small metropolis in the area, has turn out to be the main target of Russia’s advance in jap Ukraine and one of the bloodiest flashpoints in a warfare now into its fourth month.
Ukraine has mentioned some 800 folks have been hiding in a number of bomb shelters beneath the Azot plant, together with about 200 workers and 600 residents of Sievierodonetsk.
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Rodion Miroshnik, a Russian-backed consultant of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, mentioned on Saturday that 300 to 400 Ukrainian fighters have been blockaded on the grounds of the plant together with civilians and had tried to barter their passage to the town of Lysychansk.
“Such calls for are unacceptable and won’t be mentioned,” Miroshnik mentioned, including that negotiations with fighters about civilians on the plant have been below method.
(Reporting by Natalia Zinets in Kyiv and Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; modifying by Jason Neely)
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