A chemical plant damaged by Russian shelling is leaking ammonia, contaminating a zone 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) around the facility, according to the governor of Sumy in northeastern Ukraine early Monday morning.
In posts to Facebook and Telegram, Dmytro Zhyvytsky warned the downwind village of Novoselytsia was at risk. The city of Sumy is unlikely to be affected due to the direction of the wind, he said.
The plant’s emergency personnel and the State Emergency Service are responding to the leak, Zhyvytsky wrote.
Some context: Sumy, close to the Ukrainian-Russian border, has been subjected to intense, daily Russian airstrikes. On Sunday, Zhyvytsky said 71 children from an orphanage in Sumy were evacuated to safety after spending two weeks in a basement sheltering from Russian shelling.