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Ammonia leakage occurred near Bakhmut — what is known at the moment

Ammonia leakage in Bakhmut District — details. Photo: Donetsk RMA

Ammonia leakage in Bakhmut District — details. Photo: Donetsk RMA

On Monday, May 30, 2022, as a result of damage to a branch of the Togliatti-Odesa ammonia pipeline in the Bakhmut district, a hazardous gas leakage occurred. This was reported by the head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration Pavlo Kyrylenko.

Quote"Rescuers conducted an inspection. There are approximately 250 tonnes of ammonia on the 7.5 km section of the pipeline. The leakage is insignificant. The radius of possible impact by the ammonia cloud is about 4 km," he wrote on his Telegram channel.

A number of settlements are under threat, including Kodema, Hladosove, Semyhiria, Dacha, Mykolayivka Druha, and Dolomitne. There is no threat to Bakhmut, Kyrylenko added.

Currently, the consequences of the accident are being eliminated.

Context. The branch of the Togliatti-Odesa ammonia pipeline has not been used for the past eight years — since 2014. The valves are closed, but the ammonia flows out of the pipeline by gravity, the Donetsk Regional Military Administration explained.

Symptoms of ammonia poisoning include severe coughing and choking; smarting eyes; pulse rate disorder; skin redness; irritation of mucous membranes and skin.

In case of ammonia poisoning, the Public Health Center recommends to:

  • remove victim to fresh air;
  • rinse the skin, mucous membranes, and eyes with water or a 2% solution of boric acid (at least 15 minutes);
  • drip two or three drops of 30% albucid into the eyes;
  • smear the nose with olive oil or vaseline;
  • give the victim warm milk with Borjomi or baking soda.



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