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Nitric acid exploded in the sky after ‘attack on Russian chemical plant’

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A soldier standing in front of an orange nitric acid cloud, close-up of a nitric acid cloud, a view of the cloud from afar.  Russian troops have been accused of carrying out an air raid on Severodnetsk's Azot plant and detonating nitric acid – a possible chemical attack.

Nitric acid is a dangerous chemical that can harm people who breathe in or touch it (Picture: TG / East2West)

A giant cloud of nitric acid hangs over a Ukrainian city after shocking footage Russia reportedly carried out an airstrike on a chemical plant.

Kremlin forces are targeting the eastern industrial city of Severodnetsk with a ‘full-scale offensive in all directions’.

A recently released video captures a cloud rising in the air at the Azot plant. The gas is corrosive and toxic and can pose a health hazard to anyone who inhales or touches it.

Local governor Serhi Haidai said the blast was caused by Russian airstrikes attacking the chemical plant, but Moscow denies it.

President Volodymyr Zelensky slammed Vladimir Putin’s men for targeting areas where ‘large-scale chemical production’ takes place.

He said: ‘The attacks of the Russian army (in Severodnetsk), including blind aerial bombings, are just insane.

‘But it is no longer surprising that for the Russian army, for Russian commanders, for Russian soldiers, any madness is absolutely acceptable.’

A close-up of the nitric acid cloud Russian soldiers have been accused of attacking Severodnetsk's Azot plant and causing a nitric acid explosion – a possible chemical attack.

The cloud was filmed in the air over the Azot plant in the city of Severodonetsk in the Donbas region (Picture: TG / East 2 West News)
Russia claims soldiers ‘at ease’ in footage prove there was no air raid at the time (Picture: TG/East2West News)

Severodonetsk generally has a civilian population of about 106,000. This number is now likely to be much lower as many people are fleeing their homes in search of safety.

Survivors in the city were advised to stay inside and keep their windows and doors closed.

Pro-Moscow separatist forces, the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, claim that the explosion followed the detonation of a tank in Ukrainian territory.

He said: ‘The calm behavior of the Ukrainian soldiers (seen in the video) confirms that the Russian artillery was not shelling the plant at the time of the explosion.’

The Russian Investigative Committee said it had opened a criminal investigation into the blast.

Reportedly most of Severodonetsk is now under Russian control.

Russia has redoubled its efforts to seize the key city of Severodnetsk in Moscow’s battle for eastern Ukraine (Picture: Getty)
A map shows how much Ukraine has managed to seize Russia (Picture: Metro Graphics)

Mr Haidai told the BBC: ‘Our troops are still in the city and have been opposing Russian forces for some time.

‘But if they need to go back to the other side of the river, closer to Lysichansk, to rescue the troops, they probably will.’

Western leaders have long predicted Russia would launch a chemical attack and blame it on the Ukrainians.

Chemical warfare occurs when a substance is intentionally used to cause harm or death. It is largely prohibited by international law and can be considered a war crime.

Nitric acid is not commonly used as a chemical weapon, but the gas can be dangerous to people exposed to it.

Inhaling the acid can cause irritation of the eyes, throat, and nose. It can also trigger headaches, confusion and loss of balance.

Continued exposure to the gas makes the risk even more serious, including changes to skin damage and possibly lung cancer – although this is very rare.

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