Russian shelling causes chemical-plant fire in eastern Ukrainian city

Russia-Ukraine War: Non-stop fighting continued in Sievierodonetsk, a small city in the Luhansk region that has become the focus of Russia’s advance in eastern Ukraine.

Russian shelling of the Azot chemical plant in Ukraine’s frontline city of Sievierodonetsk caused a powerful fire to break out after a leak of tonnes of oil, regional governor of Serhiy Gaidai said on Saturday.Speaking on national television, Gaidai did not say if the fire at the plant, where hundreds of civilians are sheltering, had been extinguished.

Ukraine has reported the death of 24 more children in Mariupol. Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said his country’s forces were doing everything to stop the Russian offensive, with fierce battles in the east and the south. Kyiv had launched new air strikes in the captured southern region of Kherson, one of the first areas to be taken by Russia after the February 24 invasion.

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