Civilians began to leave the territory of the blocked Azot plant in Severodonetsk, said on Saturday, June 11, Ambassador of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) to the Russian Federation Rodion Miroshnik.
“Civilians began to leave Azot! Civilians began to leave through the second checkpoint of the Azot chemical association. This checkpoint is not controlled by militants. They are met and taken to a safe place by soldiers of the allied forces,” he wrote in his Telegram channel.
It is noted that some of the buildings in the area of the first entrance of the enterprise are still under the control of the armed forces of Ukraine (APU). There are occasional shootings on the spot.
Also inside, presumably, “several hundred more civilians” may be held hostage. According to Miroshnik, people will be evacuated as soon as the employees of the Russian Federation and the LPR limit the resistance of the militants.
Earlier that day, it was reported that Ukrainian militants, blocked at another, the Severodonetsk chemical plant Azot, on June 11 demanded to be released along with the hostages. There are about 300 nationalists on the territory of the plant. At the same time, they can hold more than 1,000 civilians hostage in the bomb shelters under Azot.
At the same time, the LPR ambassador to the Russian Federation, Rodion Miroshnik, said that up to 500 civilians could be on the territory of Azot, who were hiding from shelling in the plant’s bomb shelter.
According to the diplomat, the militants put forward demands – to give them the opportunity to leave the territory of the chemical plant together with the hostages and to provide a corridor for crossing to Lisichansk. Such demands are unacceptable and will not be discussed, Miroshnik explained.
On the same day, the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, explained that the main task at Azot in Severodonetsk was to clean up the industrial zone on the territory of the chemical plant in such a way as not to cause an environmental disaster.
On June 11, military historian Nikita Buranov admitted that the blockade of Ukrainian nationalists at the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk could turn into a long siege. However, he stressed that its outcome is predetermined.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. Moscow explained that the tasks of the special operation include the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, the implementation of which is necessary to ensure the security of Russia. The decision was made against the background of aggravation in the region as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military.
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