June 15, Russian officials publication Opening a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the Azoth chemical plant in Sieviero Donetsk. The corridor led the refugees to the city of Svatove on the territory of the self-proclaimed “People’s Republic of Luhansk” (LNR). The Russian Defense Ministry has rejected Ukraine’s request to organize an evacuation route to Lysychans’k, which is under Ukrainian control.
Russian troops on the first day of evacuation Accused Ukraine breaks the ceasefire. Representative of self-proclaimed LNR Claim The Ukrainian army fired on the evacuation route.The only refugees, they SaidHe was an “old man” who didn’t know that the humanitarian corridor was open.
according to Ukrainian authorities say that as many as 500 civilians may currently be evacuated to the Azoth factory..According to Russia, the number is 300 When 1,200..Self-proclaimed LNR Claim Citizens are in a bomb shelter under the facility and are controlled by 1,500-2,000 Ukrainian soldiers Allegedly Use civilians as a “human shield”.
Azot is one of Ukraine Largest chemical plant.. It first went into operation in 1951 and is responsible for the development of modern Sieviero Donetsk.The plant is now Owned by Ukrainian businessman Domitro Filtersh. Until then Russia has begun a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and Azoth has produced nitrogen fertilizer.
Azoth industrial area seems to be the only one remaining Part of Sieviero Donetsk, not under Russian control. Russian army Invasion In late May, the city quickly dominated the residential area. Industrial area, according to Luhansk Oblast Governor Serhiy Gaidai has frequent fires and communication with the residents of the chemical plant is unstable.United Nations report Lack of drinking water, food and medicine.
The Azov chemical plant is compared to Mariupol’s Azovstal ironworks. Where hundreds Civilian Thousands One of the Ukrainian soldiers evacuated for two months under harsh conditions after Russian troops surrounded the city and began bombarding the facility. By May 20, all surviving civilians had been evacuated and the remaining soldiers had surrendered.
but, Significant difference Between Azot and Azovstal. Both were built in the Soviet Union and are designed to function in both wartime and peacetime, with a large bomb shelter beneath them. However, the Azov Industrial Zone is almost twice as large as the Azovstal, making it difficult to defend, and the Azov bomb shelter is less durable than the Azovstal bomb shelter.
At the same time, unlike Azovstal, Azot is not completely blocked. Its industrial zone is adjacent to the city of Lysychansik under Ukrainian control.The city is separated by the Siverskyi Donets, and the bridge across the river DestroyedAccessibility may allow Ukraine to withdraw its troops (self-proclaimed LPR authorities say this is Impossible) Or to keep supplying them (still Not always Make sure they can continue to protect Azot).
Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk are the only major cities remaining in the Luhansk region, which is not under Russian control. Both have been heavily bombarded. according to For Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai, Sievierodonetsk is not as strategically important as Lysychansik, but it is politically important as it has been the administrative capital of the region since the city of Luhansk was occupied by the self-proclaimed LNR.
Siege of Azovstal
- Raid on Azovstal Russian bombardment reportedly destroyed a metalworking plant in Mariupol — a Ukrainian fortress also protects civilians
- The last defender of Azovstal Ukrainian Azov Regiment shares photos of soldiers injured seeking evacuation from the besieged Mariupol ironworks
- “He dedicated his youth to Ukraine” Meduza’s interview with the wife and mother of three Azov soldiers who defended Mariupol to the end
- “Azovstal’s eyes and voice” Soldier who recorded the siege of Azovstal from the inside
https://meduza.io/en/feature/2022/06/17/hundreds-of-civilians-are-trapped-in-the-besieged-azot-chemical-plant-in-sievierodonetsk Hundreds of civilians are trapped in the besieged Azoth chemical plant in Sieviero Donetsk. The assault was compared to Azovstal, but this time it can be different.